RB Dimitri Nance
He is a tough between-the-tackles runner who exhibits a powerful leg drive and a low body lean. He initiates contact and powers through his fair share of would-be tacklers. Also, he displays a nasty disposition that endears him to coaches and teammates.
Nance lacks big-play ability and overall explosiveness. Fortunately, those traits exist in abundance in holdover Darren Sproles. As such, GM A.J. Smith could pick an every-down back early in the draft (Ryan Mathews, for example) and come back for Nance in the middle rounds.
Nance comes off a season in which he was named honorable mention All-Pac 10. He parlayed that strong showing into an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game, where he started his ascension up several draft boards. Exactly where that journey culminates will be determined later this month, but clearly, the Chargers are among the teams with their finger on the trigger.
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