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Rodney Harrison: 1994, Round 5, Pick No. 145, Western Illinois

Other players considered: Woodrow Lowe (1976), Lionel James (1984), Mike Scifres (2003), Michael Turner (2004)

The Chargers have found some great players in the fifth round, but none were better than Rodney Harrison.

Though he finished his career with the Patriots, Harrison brought an identity of toughness to the Chargers’ defense that few players in franchise history have been able to duplicate. He was also voted the “dirtiest” player in the league by players and coaches multiple times, but back then, Harrison likely relished that fact.

Selected to two Pro Bowls as a member of the Chargers, Harrison was also chosen as a member of the team’s 50th anniversary team.

A tackling machine, Harrison played nine seasons with the Chargers, tallying 26 interceptions and 21.5 sacks. Of course, he would go on to win two Super Bowls with the Patriots, but his time with the Chargers can’t be overlooked.

He will be remembered as perhaps the best safety in Chargers’ history. His 30.5 career sacks are the most ever for a defensive back and in 1997, he became the first player in NFL history to score a touchdown on an interception, fumble return and kick return in the same season.

He is also one of just two players in NFL history (Ed Reed being the other) to have at least 30 career interceptions and 30 career sacks.

Not bad for a fifth-round pick. You can still catch Rodney every Sunday night during the NFL season as he is a studio analyst for NBC’s Sunday Night Football.