With the 250th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers have selected Edwin Baker, RB Michigan State.
Baker is an early-entry junior who was a full-time starter in 2010 but only sparingly in 2011. He is a straight-line runner who had a very productive sophomore year until he was beat out by a younger back this past year. He returned kicks for Michigan State but didn't display the type of ability to contribute there in the NFL.
Baker is a gradual accelerator who is good to get to the second level and through trash at the line of scrimmage. He is an inside runner who has a good feel and patience for blocks to develop. He is a willing blocker who has a decent base and ability to jolt oncoming rushers.
Baker's career has been on the decline ever since losing his job to a younger back at Michigan State. He has average strength and explosion and struggles to make plays on his own will. He needs a clear path to daylight to ignhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifite his above-average speed, and that hasn't happened often in the past year. He has trouble sifting through tackles at the linebacker level and is a one-speed runner most of the time. He hasn't displayed the competitiveness and will that he did in 2010 for quite some time.
How would you grade this pick? Does Edwin Baker meet the Chargers needs and provide good value? Sound off in the comments below!
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