The Los Angeles Chargers’ draft success has not been limited to the first round, as there have been some excellent second-round selections as well.
Six of the Los Angeles Chargers‘ last 10 first-round selections in the NFL Draft were named to the Pro Bowl at least once with the team. We have already broken down the team’s last five first-round picks, and it is pretty evident that more times than not general manager Tom Telesco knows what he is doing.
The team has had some success in the second round as well, but it goes back before Telesco took over as general manager of the team in January 2013. While the recent success has not been as prevalent as the first round, which is natural, the Chargers have drafted some great players in the second round of the draft since the turn of the century.
Here is a stroll down memory lane as we look back at the five-best second-round picks by the Chargers since 2000.
5. Hunter Henry, 2016
There are a lot of players that contributed more than Henry has for the Los Angeles Chargers since being drafted and that is because of Henry’s short tenure in the league. He has only been a professional for four seasons and missed the 2018 season.
However, it is impossible to ignore Henry’s talent as a pass-catching tight end. Henry had the best year of his career in 2019 as he recorded 55 receptions for 652 yards and five touchdowns.
In fact, despite missing an entire season, Henry is one of only eight tight ends in the league to have 1,700 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns since the start of the 2016 season. At his current pace, he would have had 2,376 career receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and Kyle Rudolph are the only tight ends with 2,300 yards and 23 touchdowns.
It is clear that when he is on the field Henry has the potential to be one of the best tight ends in the league and for that we make him our fifth-best second-round pick since 2000.
Charger fans are going to be seeing more of Henry as well, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the team is using the franchise tag on Henry.