Shaun Phillips: 2004, Round 4, Pick No. 98, Purdue
Other players considered: Dickie Post (1967), Raylee Johnson (1993), Darren Sproles (2005)
This was very close between Shaun Phillips and Darren Sproles, but Phillips gets the nod for a couple of reasons.
Though Sproles ended up being one of the best value picks in team history, he spent just six seasons with the the team. Phillips played nine seasons with the Chargers and his 69.5 sacks over that span rank second in franchise history.
Though he had a couple brushes with the law off the field, Phillips was an outstanding player on it. He became the team’s best pass rusher during his time there but became a player who could be on the field every down as well.
His best season came in 2010 when he recorded 11 sacks before being selected to the Pro Bowl. In a game against the Arizona Cardinals that season, Phillips notched four sacks while also returning an interception for a touchdown in the Chargers’ 41-10 win. He was chosen as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
Phillips bounced around the league after leaving the Chargers following the 2012 season, but should be remembered for being one of the top defensive players in team history.