Fred Dean: 1975, Round 2, Pick No. 33, Louisiana Tech
Other players considered: Louie Kelcher (1975), Don Macek (1976), Natrone Means (1993), Vincent Jackson (2005), Eric Weddle (2007)
Don Macek was the best center in Chargers’ history, which is saying a lot, because Nick Hardwick was quite good. I wanted to put him into this spot but you simply can’t argue against a player elected to the Hall of Fame. Drew Brees was a second-round choice as well, but he became a star with the New Orleans Saints after a short career with the Bolts.
While Macek never made the Pro Bowl, Fred Dean went to back-to-back Pro Bowls before the Chargers traded him to the San Francisco 49rs as the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a new contract. It would be a big blow to the Chargers’ defense for years to come. Still, Dean was chosen as a member of the Chargers’ 50th anniversary team and was elected to the Chargers’ Hall of Fame.
Dean was a force as a pass rusher long before sacks were ever an official NFL statistic.
In 1975, Dean wasn’t even the first player the Chargers drafted in the second round. In fact, he wasn’t even the first defensive lineman the team chose that round. Louie Kelcher was taken with the No. 30 overall selection. While Kelcher ended up being a tremendous player for the team, Dean gets the edge because he has a bust in Canton, Ohio.