Once it gets to the point in the NFL Draft where the end is near, players who haven’t been selected have to wonder whether or not they will be taken.
If they aren’t, they become free agents, which in some cases could be better than being selected. Regardless, with just six picks remaining in the 2018 draft, Northwestern’s star RB Justin Jackson still had not been taken.
At pick No. 251 overall, however, the Los Angeles Chargers took one of the Big Ten’s most productive backs to ever carry a football.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 28, 2018
Jackson not only finished his collegiate career as the leading rusher in Northwestern history, but ended up as the third-best ball-carrier in terms of yardage in the entire conference with his 6,289 yards. Jackson scored 42 TD in his career and ran for at least 1,311 yards in his final three seasons with the Wildcats.
With the Chargers, Jackson would have to beat out former Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon for the starting spot. That would appear unlikely just because of Gordon’s production in the NFL to this point, but, injuries do happen.
Just ask Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt. Hunt started his rookie year last season as a backup to Spencer Ware. Then, Ware went down with an injury and Hunt won the Rookie of the Year Award.