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Chargers rookie season rankings: First-round selections

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 12: Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers reacts after he intercepted a pass intended for Brice Butler #12 of the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter that clinched their victory at O.co Coliseum on October 12, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 12: Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers reacts after he intercepted a pass intended for Brice Butler #12 of the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter that clinched their victory at O.co Coliseum on October 12, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 12: Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers dives but can not catch a pass intended for Andre Holmes #18 of the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on October 12, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 12: Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers dives but can not catch a pass intended for Andre Holmes #18 of the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on October 12, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Chargers rookie rankings (first round) No. 4: RB Melvin Gordon

Stats:

  • 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

Stats:

  • 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.

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