Chargers Draft

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

LA Chargers Joey Bosa (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
LA Chargers Joey Bosa (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

1. Derwin James, 2018

Like everyone on this list, Derwin James has dealt with injuries that have slowed down the beginning of his career, which seems to just be a Charger tradition at this point. However, James has something that nobody else on this list has: an All-Pro honor.

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James is the only player to be drafted in the last five years by the Los Angeles Chargers to be named an All-Pro and he did it in his rookie year, which was one of the best rookie years for a safety in recent memory.

James showed the versatility that made him such a lethal defensive weapon at Florida State, lining up all over the place for the Chargers defense and always being in the right place at the right time to make the big play.

James finished with 105 combined tackles, 3.5 sacks, 13 pass deflections and three interceptions in his rookie season. James was just the seventh safety since sacks became an official stat in 1982 to record 100 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks in a season.

You could really make a case for either Bosa or James and there is nothing wrong with choosing Bosa because he has more seasons to go off of than James, which is a fair argument.

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However, Derwin James proved in his rookie year that he is one of the best safeties in the league already. Just imagine how much more he could grow as a player.

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