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 Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

3. Nate Kaeding, 2004

It does pain me to include Nate Kaeding on this list, as Kaeding has provided far more heartbreaks to Charger fans than he has great moments. Kaeding’s most notorious miss was in 2006 against the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round.

Kaeding missed the game-tying field goal and the 14-2 Chargers had to go home early in a year that they were absolutely the best team in the league. The team would have still had to win the game in overtime, Kaeding did not even give them the chance.

Despite the pain that Kaeding brought Charger fans, it is hard to deny his accolades and not include him on this list. First of all, it is pretty rare for teams to select kickers this high, so when a team, the kicker has to make it worth it.

Outside of those high-profile misses Kaeding absolutely made it worth it. He was the Chargers’ starting kicker for seven complete seasons and was a two-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro.

Kaeding is third all-time on the Chargers in scoring and second all-time in field goals. His career 87 percent field-goal percentage ranks sixth all-time in the NFL for kickers who made at least 180 field goals.

Kaeding was great, it was just a shame that he seemingly could not make them when they mattered most.

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