Chargers Draft

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

Nick Hardwick #61 of the San Diego Chargers (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Nick Hardwick #61 of the San Diego Chargers (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

4. Louis Vasquez, 2009

For those unfamiliar with Louis Vasquez, he was a guard taken by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2009 NFL Draft. Now despite playing most of his short career with the Chargers, Vazquez will probably best remembered for his time with the Denver Broncos, as he had a surprisingly elite season for Denver and later won the Super Bowl.

Vazquez played seven total seasons in the NFL, the first four coming with the Chargers and the final three coming with the Broncos. Vazquez was not a bad player with the Chargers in the slightest. In fact, Vazquez was an above-average guard for the team in four years.

He was mostly reliable as well, especially for the Chargers’ standards. He missed 10 games in four seasons.

Despite being a solid guard for four years with the Chargers, nobody could have expected him to have the kind of year that he had with the Broncos in 2013.

Vazquez was named a Pro Bowler and All-Pro, both of which were the only times in his career he received those honors. His approximate value on Pro-Football Focus that season was 20, which was the highest in the entire NFL.

Had that year have come with the Chargers and he finished his career out with LA, then he would be higher on this list.

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