In the coming weeks, much will be made of what the San Diego Chargers are going to do at the running back position. In fact, ESPN is already doing just that.
There are a ton of options for the Bolts, though now that I’ve read the above article, I think it’s safe to say any back they could get through free agency or a trade is going to be risky and/or damaged goods. Thomas Jones? Child please. We just cut LaDainian Tomlinson because he’s too old. Brandon Jacobs? Yeah, sure, if you want a running back who never, ever breaks long runs and is about as flexible as a Republican Senator.
That leaves the draft, and I, for one, am not sold on the Chargers drafting a running back high in the draft. As you may know, I’m not a huge fan of Jahvid Best and his injuries this past season don’t make drafting him any safer. Getting C.J. Spiller would take a major trade of draft picks that are worth more than diamonds at the moment, and Spiller isn’t SO good that it would be worth losing other picks. Besides, even with Best, or C.J. Spiller or even my guy Jonathan Dwyer, the Chargers are still going to need another running back to provide depth.
That depth, friends, is named Keiland Williams. The guy has the size (225-lb range), speed (when healthy he’ll run the 40 in the 4.4-4.5 range), and skills to be a stud at the NFL level. But even better, he could be a total steal with a second-day pick by the Chargers.
I spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons begging LSU to play Keiland Williams over (future Charger/glorified fullback) Jacob Hester and (second glorified fullback) Charles Scott, respectively. He is more physically gifted than both of them, and if Les Miles and Gary Crowton weren’t complete idiots, he’d be a three-year starter and among the best backs ever to play for LSU. Instead, they went with Charles Scott, who only can run one direction at one speed, and Jacob Hester, who doesn’t even play running back in the NFL.
By the 2009 season, it was clear Miles and Crowton weren’t going to wise up, so I began the “Sit Keiland Williams” campaign in an effort to make sure this exact scenario would occur. Sure enough, he sat behind Charles Scott, the LSU offense languished in mediocrity, and then both Scott and Williams got hurt at the end of the season. Now Williams is available as a second-day pick and is totally underrated. Every draft preview of him says he has every tool a team could want and just didn’t get the reps in college.
Sure, the Chargers will make a splash when they end up with Jonathan Dwyer or Jahvid Best somehow, but I am telling you now: the best pick of the draft will be made by the team that takes Keiland Williams. And that team should be the f-ing San Diego Chargers. MY San Diego Chargers. Years of work are coming to fruition this spring. We can’t screw this up when we’re so close.
Draft Keiland Williams!