The nicest part of the offseason so far has been the lack of concern surrounding running back Ryan Mathews. In 2013, he played through injuries and rarely put the ball on the ground overcoming two of the biggest heels in his career thus far. Running backs are going to get hurt, it is just part of the game, but with the successful spell of Danny Woodhead, Mathews finally is starting to look like a first round pick. Danny Woodhead was one of the biggest steals in free agency last year and was a critical part of the Chargers offense. Unfortunately, the Chargers have another free agency question mark in third-string running back, Ronnie Brown. Brown is a solid pass blocker, receiver and even did a little kickoff returning last year. I would love to see the Chargers re-sign Brown because he can step in a do a great job across the board if San Diego gets bitten by the injury bug. However, if Brown does not return, the Bolts can look to one of these running backs (in later rounds) to develop youth at an aging position.
10. Lache Seastrunk (Baylor)
When Seastrunk doesn’t dance, he’s dangerous.
He may be a little short (5-foot-9), but he’s compact (210 pounds), which allows Seastrunk to thrive. A combination of great balance and a quick burst makes him a dangerous runner, as evidenced by the 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns he posted last season at Baylor despite missing nearly three full games due to injury. The only drawback, other than his height, is Seastrunk’s tendency to dance; he’s not a hit-the-hole type of back, choosing instead to go East and West in search of a big gain.
9. Bishop Sankey (Washington)
Sankey is the workhorse of the 2014 draft.
If a team is looking for a durable workhorse, Sankey could be the answer. As a junior, he broke Corey Dillon’s single-season rushing record with 1,870 yards, while also crossing the goal line 20 times in 13 games. That’s a guy who isn’t afraid to carry the football, something the Huskies asked him to do a lot. He’s also a hard worker and a leader, something his teammates recognized by electing him a captain during his junior campaign.