Chargers Plan Visit with Another Running Back

The San Diego Chargers have arranged a private visit with one of the draft's pure power runners. This sleeper didn't even get an invite to the NFL Combine, yet he's turning heads and boosting his stock as the draft nears.

The Chargers have set up a private visit with Arizona State RB Dimitri Nance, according to Aaron Wilson, the publisher of's Baltimore Ravens site. Nance (5-foot-10, 218 pounds) is a downhill runner projected as a middle-round pick in the upcoming draft.

RB Dimitri Nance
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In '09, Nance finished with 188 carries for 795 yards (4.2 ypc) and six TDs. He also chipped in 28 catches for 216 yards and another score. For his career, he has 482 rushing attempts for 1,934 yards (4.0 ypc) and 19 touchdowns.

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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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the 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. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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