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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab NFL Mock Draft: #28 San Diego

San Diego is again one of those teams in transitions. After an impressive regular season campaign, the Chargers lost to the NY Jets in the second round of the AFC Playoffs. The Chargers are looking to get back to the AFC Championship Game, but still have a lot of questions to answer. Who will replace LaDanian Tomlinson and correct the 31st ranked rushing attack? Who will replace the traded Antonio Cromartie?

And with the 28th selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select..

RB Ryan Matthews, Fresno State

ESPN’s Mel Kiper agrees with ChargersGab writer Mike Oshita’s pick of Ryan Matthews..

Mathews would just be the prototype big, physical, between-the-tackles back to complement Darren Sproles, but he’s more than that. Mathews has shown he’s capable of consistent sub-4.5 40 times and is thus a physical kind of home run threat. He didn’t display great hands in Fresno, but that area of his game should improve with reps. A good back at a need position.

Todd McShay of ESPN offers his take on a player of Matthews’ caliber

Ten years ago, Ryan Mathews would have been off the board in the first half of the first round. The NFL has changed. It’s more [about] the passing game and what can you do for me catching the ball out of the backfield. Mathews is as good as it gets as an inside runner, from the balance to the vision, the patience. He has it all. … The big question is can he contribute to the passing game? … If he can prove to be a third-down back, Ryan Mathews could be the steal of the 2010 class.

Matthews himself likes the prospect of being a San Diego Charger. In a recent interview with the Fresno Bee, Matthews sat down and talked about playing for his favorite NFL team..

They told me they were really interested in me and wanted me.

A lot of my friends and just random people come up and tell me that’s where they want to see me. Hopefully, if the cards play right, I’ll get there. That’s the team I always rooted for. But if not, it’ll be a blessing to go anywhere.

Who knows where anyone’s really going?

Roll Call…

28. San Diego Chargers- RB Ryan Matthews, Fresno State
27. Dallas Cowboys- OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers
26. Arizona Cardinals- LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
25. Baltimore Ravens- DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
24. Philadelphia Eagles- CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama
23. Green Bay Packers- OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
22. New England Patriots- DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
21. Cincinnati Bengals- TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
20. Houston Texans- CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
19. Atlanta Falcons- DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
17. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
16. Tennessee Titans- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
15. NY Giants- LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
14. Seattle Seahawks- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

On deck..the NY J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!

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One Response to “2010 NFL Gridiron Gab NFL Mock Draft: #28 San Diego”

  1. Chris says:

    I believe that if Ryan Matthews is still available at pick #28 in the draft tonight, that the Chargers would be foolish NOT to take him. If he falls that low, it would be a STEAL

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