Jennings (6-foot-1, 232 lbs.) is a workhorse back capable of carrying the load. He runs with power and decisiveness, so despite his small-school experience, he appears NFL-ready. He will likely be available in the third round, although that number will fluctuate greatly depending on his 40 time.
2. Jeremiah Johnson, Oregon -- The Chargers kept a close eye on Johnson all season long. As SDBoltReport.com Insiders learned in this article, the Chargers sent scouts to at least two Oregon games this year, and Johnson was one of the players they were keeping tabs on.
Johnson bounced back from an ACL injury in 2007 to post 1,082 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. After beginning his college career stuck behind former Duck Jonathan Stewart, who was drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft by the Carolina Panthers, Johnson stole the spotlight in 2008 and proved he can be a versatile, every-down back. He currently rates as a middle-round prospect.
RB Javon Ringer
Boosting Ringer's stock in the eyes of the Chargers is his ability to catch passes out of the backfield, which is a prerequisite in Coach Norv Turner' offense. Ringer should be available when San Diego goes on the clock in the third round.
4. James Davis, Clemson -- After declaring for the 2008 draft, Davis decided to reverse course and return for his senior season. He may be second-guessing that decision after he struggled behind a sub-par offensive line, churning out just 725 rushing yards as a senior after posting 1,064 as a junior. He did manage to run for 11 touchdowns and carve out a respectable 4.4 ypc.
Like Ringer, Davis is comfortable catching passes out of the backfield. He is efficient with the ball in his hands, quickly turning upfield to ensure he always gets positive yardage. The Chargers could snag Davis in the fourth round or possibly lower, depending on his postseason workouts.
5. Arian Foster, Tennessee -- As a senior Volunteer, Foster learned what it was like to be LaDainian Tomlinson from 2001-2003. Tennessee had no functional passing game to speak of, allowing opposing defenses to load the box and key on Foster.
A better sample of Foster's work came in 2007, when he ran for 1,193 yards and 12 TDs while also catching 39 passes. That's the explosive ability the Chargers will be looking for should they draft Foster, who carries a fourth- or fifth-round projection.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.