Los Angeles Chargers Draft: Top 3 RBs To Watch At NFL Combine

Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers offense is going to feature a power running game with Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman at the helm. Right now they only have one running back under contract. But the 2024 NFL Combine will have several backs the Chargers should scout for the upcoming draft.

Running Backs for the Los Angeles Chargers to Watch at the Combine

Los Angeles Chargers Draft: 5 Strong Cornerbacks To Watch At NFL Combine

3 Tight Ends To Watch For Los Angeles Chargers At NFL Scouting Combine

Los Angeles Chargers Draft: 3 Trench Warrior DLs To Watch At NFL Scouting Combine

Syndication: Journal Sentinel
Credit: Mark Hoffman / USA TODAY NETWORK

Braelon Allen, Wisconsin, 6’1″ 245 LBS

Braelon Allen is big and fast, projected to run a 4.4 40-yard sprint. Draft projections are all over the place for Allen, his mock draft consensus puts him in the back half of the third round. Allen had a remarkably consistent three seasons at Wisconsin and he just turned 20 years old.

He played in every game and rushed for 6.8, 5.4, and 5.4 yards per carry from 2021 to 2023. He had 12, 11, and 12 touchdowns. In 2022, he had 230 carries and had only one fumble. He fumbled nine times on a total of 597 attempts. 682 yards of his 984 yards last season came after contact.

He will need to improve as a pass blocker but with his size, if he gets it, he will be incredible at it.

Combine Focus: He is leaner and faster than in the past. How fast will he be in the 40-yard dash? Bench Press will be impressive too. Will be interesting to see how he jumps. How explosive can he look?

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Notre Dame
Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Audric Estime, Notre Dame, 5’11” 227 LBS

Audric Estime killed it last season. He led all running backs with 200-plus carries in the FBS. He averaged a crazy 6.39 yards per attempt and set the Irish record with 18 rushing touchdowns.

Estime is built like a tank. He squares up to the line and powers through tackles with that Chris Carson-like leg drive. He’s not just a bruiser. Estime’s got the patience to wait for blocks to set up, and when he sees an opening, he’s gone in a flash, weaving through defenders like a pro.

Estime should go early in the 4th round.

Combine Focus: Can he show some breakaway speed in the 40

NCAA Football: LendingTree Bowl-Rice vs Southern Mississippi
Credit: Robert McDuffie-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Gore Jr., Southern Mississippi, 5’7″ 199 LBS

Frank Gore‘s versatility shines through in the screen game, effortlessly flipping upfield and displaying skills that could easily translate to slot receiver duties. Gore’s prowess extends to blocking on the outside. He is a slippery multi-purpose back with straight-line speed that allows him to outpace defenders and turn the corner.

Gore’s size limitations pose challenges for him to excel as a true power back. He also likes contact a bit too much, which will present more issues in the NFL that didn’t exist at Southern Mississippi.

Gore is projected to be a Day 3 pick. The Los Angeles Chargers could pick him up with pick 183 in the 6th round.

Combine Focus: 3-Cone. How well can his speed translate to changing directions? Does he weigh in over 200?