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Los Angeles Chargers: Ranking the team’s last five first-round picks

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(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers have a big decision to make in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but with a good drafting track record, fans can be confident.

The Los Angeles Chargers have had a pretty good track record in first-round selections in recent years. Six of the Chargers’ 10 first-round picks in the decade were named to at least one Pro Bowl with no real busts for the team.

This should make fans more confident in the team, who has a massive decision to make this offseason in the future of the quarterback position. The favorite right now is Oregon’s Justin Herbert, but free agency, or even trading up or down in the draft, could change things.

We already outlined the success of the last 10 draft picks, but we wanted to narrow it down to the most recent picks, all of which were on the team as of the 2019 season. Here is our ranking of the last five first-round picks by the Los Angeles Chargers.

5. Jerry Tillery, 2019

The selection of Jerry Tillery was a bit peculiar. While the Chargers absolutely had a need at defensive tackle in 2019, Tillery was not someone who was on the Chargers’ radar and it was shocking to hear his name called by the Chargers.

The upside of Tillery was tremendous. He had some excellent showings at Notre Dame as an elite pass-rushing tackle that was going to mesh nicely with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. However, Jillery also had a tendency to disappear in college, creating concerns about consistency.

The jury is still out on Tillery and he absolutely could blossom into a sensational pass rusher, but his rookie season left more to be desired. Tillery started only three games for the Chargers last season and recorded two sacks in 36 percent of the Chargers’ defensive snaps.

While the Chargers potentially made the wrong choice, it is a testament to their drafting ability that the downright worst selection is someone who still has time to blossom and turn into something special.

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