Los Angeles Chargers: Five best third-round picks since 2000

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The Los Angeles Chargers need a good showing in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft, selecting a third-round prospect similar to the ones on this list.

The Los Angeles Chargers are entering a new era of the franchise as for the first time in a decade and a half there will be a different quarterback under center than Philip Rivers.

What the team does in free agency is going to shape what it does in the draft. We will know heading into the draft whether or not the team needs a quarterback, right now, we are still unsure what the Chargers are going to do.

The only thing that we know for certain is that this draft is one of the most important in recent memory in kickstarting this new era, so the Chargers have to limit the numbers of duds.

We already broke down the team’s best second-round picks of the century as inspiration, and today, we break down the best third-round picks since 2000.

5. Donald Butler, 2010

If you remember Donald Butler then you might be surprised to see him on this list. Butler was never a great player in the NFL, and while he was solid for the Chargers, he definitely is a linebacker that is easily forgotten about.

The Chargers took Butler in the 2010 NFL Draft and Butler was a fixture of the defense for five seasons, starting most of the games that he played in. His best season was first season, where he recorded 96 tackles, an interception and three sacks.

In fact, Donald had five sacks, two interceptions and 174 tackles through his first two seasons and seemed primed to break out and be an above-average backer for the Chargers.

That never happened and he was just a solid backer for five years. It is not the flashiest pick, but it was a solid one.

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