The San Diego Chargers have a plethora of veteran running backs with Ryan Mathews fresh off a career year, the multipurpose Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown. But the team also added an intriguing prospect in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft in Arizona State RB Marion Grice.
Grice, a 6-foot, 208-pound runner, has all of the ability to be a very good back at the professional level. He has all of the tools to be a capable backup runner and would complement Mathews incredibly well. Grice is not overly great at anything, but he is very good at numerous things.
Grice is your “Swiss army knife” kind of player, meaning that he can run between the tackles, outside the tackles, catch the football, pass protect and even throw the football from time to time. He has a one-cut runner style to him and is about as secure handling the football as you can get.
Grice does need to bulk up a bit, however. His 208-pound frame is lanky and lean. If he were to pack on ten to fifteen more pounds over the next two or three seasons, he would be an excellent short yardage back for the team, which is something they really lacked last season.
Grice will likely compete with both Brown and Woodhead for playing time, but he will likely lose out on that battle. Look for Grice to make an impact on special teams during 2014, but he could begin to see some work moving into the 2015 season as the team’s backup runner to Mathews.