Does Austin Ekeler's value match his production? We examine what is next for the impressive back.
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Maybe it’s just me but I don’t see the draft being a threat to Ekler at all. The chargers have more pressing needs to take anyone at RB in the first few rounds. Anyone drafted later would be competing with Jackson more than Ekler (assuming he’s stays). I’d more concerned If Rivers moves on there is a real threat of target regression. I’m likely holding unless I’m blow away by an offer (I won’t be).
Agree with the previous reply. To me the biggest risk is what happens with Rivers, who was the perfect QB for Ekler. He is on the all-time best QBs at taking the short stuff and setting up the RB for success. The other current QB who is on his level is Brady, who is probably the only QB where Ekeler’s value would remain. Now that is a lot of “ifs..” but as talented at Ekeler is, pass catching RB specialists are a bit of a niche market with only certain QBs or play callers valuing them properly (LAC, NE, NO, KC for ex).
I echo the QB switch as my biggest concern with Ekeler. I know there is a lot of data out there looking at WR production in year one after moving to a new team. Is there similar data put together that looks at RB receptions with a new QB?