Chargers rookie rankings (first round) No. 4: RB Melvin Gordon
- 184 carries
- 641 yards
- 3.5 yards per carry average
- 33 receptions
- 192 yards
- Zero touchdowns
Looking at statistics alone doesn’t make this rookie season appear too awful; not only was Gordon approaching 1,000 total yards as a rookie, but he was doing so behind some of the worst offensive line talent during the Telesco era.
However, it was still miserable for fans to watch. Draw play after draw play, Gordon would run the wrong way or make a poor decision on his way to 3.5 yards per carry. What made his season so poor, however, was the lack of touchdowns. In a Philip Rivers-led offense, he had zero touchdowns. That’s almost impressive.
Chargers rookie rankings (first round) No. 3: CB Jason Verrett
- Six games played (four starts)
- One interception
- Four passes defended
- 19 combined tackles
Despite a lack of game appearances, Verrett flashed instantly, highlighted by a fantastic game-sealing interception against the Raiders. The Chargers had not seen a corner like this in a long time; he was small, sure, but quicker than any receiver and incredibly smart. Outplaying every corner drafted before him, Verrett was poised to become something special in this league.