Bolts Hold Private Workout With Another RB

The Bolts continue to target running backs with second-round grades, fueling the rumor that A.J. Smith plans to trade out of the first round. The Bolts brought in two such backs for private workouts last week, both of whom could fill Michael Turner's cleats. Jaime Cattano profiles one of these prospects who's met with the Bolts four times this offseason.

From the Senior Bowl to the Combine and then to his Pro Day, Tashard Choice of Georgia Tech convened with the Chargers for some private face time at each event. After the private workout last week, it's clear the Bolts see him as a reliable powerhouse to back up Ladainian Tomlinson.

The Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers have also displayed a great deal of interest in Choice. The Bolts feel the heat to snag the budding star before it's too late.

As a senior, Choice led the Yellow Jackets and the ACC in rushing, posting 1,379 yards and 10 touchdowns. He became the first runner in team history to produce 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons (he piled up 1,473 rushing yards as a junior). The 5'11", 215-pound Yellow Jacket has the talent and is eager to work with coaches of the next tier.


RB Tashard Choice
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"The coaches are trying to get to know us as individuals and are trying to get to know our character," he said. "They want to understand us both on and off the field. I know the meetings are important so I can show them how I am in person."

Choice is a solid north-and-south runner and hits the gap hard while maintaining solid footing on initial contact. He has the natural instincts and patience to allow blocks to develop so he can blast through the open hole. His powerful and tough stature allows him to gain the tough yards.

Choice has great field vision to spot the hole and proves consistent in locating those gaps. He makes nippy and precise cuts behind the blockers. With great cutback abilities, he can accelerate through the mass to run to daylight.

Bouncing right back after knee surgery during his senior season, Choice has proven the injury to be a non-issue. At the Combine, he ranked sixth among his position in the three-cone drill, as well as tying for fifth in the vertical jump (34").

With Choice's air-borne ability, the Bolts see him mimicking LaDainian Tomlinson's memorable, game-winning TD in the playoffs against the Tennessee Titans.

The Bolts need to fill Michael Turner's shoes. "The Burner" played a clutch role last season, jumping in to replace an injured L.T. and proving to be a dynamite force. The Bolts look to Choice to provide a buffer for L.T. and bring the same reliable vigor to the field.

Choice anticipates being picked up in the second round. To land him, the Bolts will either have to trade out of the first round or swing some other deal to reel an a second-round pick. The team's original second-rounder was shipped to the Dolphins in the deal for Chris Chambers.

The animated Choice is ready to play with the big dogs and is enjoying the road to the next level.

"I'm ready to go wild on the field and I love the competition. I'm dedicated to the game of football and I'm ready to make plays and make football my top priority."

Click here to read about the other running back prospect the Chargers brought in for a private visit this week.


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