Hidden Gems That Should Be on the Chargers’ Radar: Bronson Rechsteiner
By: Adam Sadigh
After fullback, Derek Watt signed with the Steelers, many questions were raised about the future of the position going forward. With a weak fullback draft class, there is one player that the Chargers should keep an eye on.
Before hopping into the stats and the film, let’s just examine this beast of a man:
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about the numbers. Before looking at the numbers, let’s keep in mind that Bronson Rechsteiner plays for the Kennesaw State Owls a NCAA D1 subdivision. Because of this, some of the stats may be inflated. However, there’s no denying his absolute dominance on the field. He has only played two years of fullback (some special teams before) despite being a senior. This may be due to the fact that he was pursuing wrestling. In fact, his father is WWE superstar Rick Steiner. Rechsteiner’s 2018 season was nothing worth mentioning (33 carries for 142 yards and 0 touchdowns). His 2019 season was a whole different story. On 112 attempts, Bronson accumulated 909 yards and 7 touchdowns. This comes out to an average of 8.1 yards a carry. That is an absolute monster stat. He’s not as much of a threat in the receiving game (8 receptions for 101 yards and 0 touchdowns) but this could be due to the fact that the team had less than 1,500 passing yards the entire 2019 season (60 of which being by Rechsteiner).
The most impressive thing about Bronson’s game is his run blocking. Simply put, he puts guys on the ground. He finishes blocks and plays to the whistle. Considering that this is the most important attribute of a fullback, I’d consider this a huge upgrade to his draft stock.
The 5-10 223 pound back also had an amazing pro day. He clocked a 4.48 40 yard dash. That would have tied for 6th among running backs participating in the combine. He also hit 35 reps on the bench press. The only two players in the combine who did better were offensive linemen. it is also worth noting that his dad may have been a superstar in WWE but before that he had an amazing wrestling career (real wrestling). Bronson was brought up with it and went on to do well himself. I mention this because the last time we had a former wrestling star turned fullback his name was Lorenzo Neil! Not to mention the Chargers always seem to strike gold with small school running backs.
Instead of just telling you about Rechsteiner, I think it’s better that I show you what he can actually do.
Click link above for highlight reel^