The Chargers must have really wanted Ryan Matthews, because they moved from 28 all the way down to the 12th pick to get him. Most analysts thought he would still be there at 28, but something made the Chargers move, and they made sure they got the guy they wanted.

Here is what Insider says about him:

Overall Football Traits

Production12007: (11/1) 145 carries, 866 yards (6.0 avg.), 14 TD. 2008: (8/4) 113 carries, 606 yards (5.4 avg.), 6 TD; 8 rec., 146 yards (18.3 avg.), 2 TD. 2009: Led the FBS with 150.7 rushing yards per game; 276 carries, 1,808 yards (6.6 avg.), 19 TD; 11 catches, 122 yards.
Height-Weight-Speed1Prototypical height and bulk to go along with very good top-end speed.
Durability32007: Misses Humanitarian Bowl with torn muscle near his collarbone. 2008: Misses five games and is limited in three others with knee and foot injuries. 2009: Sustains mild concussion during Nevada game and misses Louisiana Tech game the following week.
Intangibles22009: Voted team MVP. No off-the-field issues to our knowledge. A tough competitor with maturity to succeed early in NFL career.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Running Back Specific Traits

Competitiveness2Runs a bit high but explodes into defenders and almost always falls forward. Runs through arm tackles and uses free hand to slap over pursuing defenders aside. Puts hand on the ground in an effort to regain balance when stumbles and to launch himself a few more yards at the end of runs. Powerful stiff arm. Needs to be far more aggressive when asked to help out in pass protection.
Vision/Patience2Shows a good natural feel as a runner. Reads and uses fullbacks well but appears most comfortable in a one-back set. At his best when he can find the crease, plant and fire downfield.
Inside Runner2Downhill one-cut runner that doesn't waste much motion in the backfield and shows good burst through the hole. Runs a bit too high at times but still is a strong runner that will break arm tackles and bounce off of weak attempts by defenders. Strong and can push the pile in short-yardage/goal line situations. Above-average lateral agility for size. Can make defender miss in the hole and cutback against the grain.
Outside Runner2Quick enough to turn the corner and has enough speed to run away from defenders when he catches daylight. Lacks ideal elusiveness but shows enough wiggle to make the first defender miss and is tough to bring down when gets into space.
Passing Game3Did not play a prominent role in Fresno State's passing game. He has room to improve as a blocker (particularly technique and awareness) and he certainly needs more reps as a receiver. However, he shows the potential to develop into a difference maker in both areas. He is big and strong enough to hold up at the point of attack in pass pro. He also flashes soft hands and the ability to create after the catch.

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