As we prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft we are taking a look back at the last 10 drafts by the Los Angeles Chargers, today’s being the 2013 NFL Draft.
The 2020 NFL Draft is an extremely important one for the Los Angeles Chargers as it is likely going to produce the team’s franchise quarterback of the future, whether or not that quarterback actually makes an impact in his rookie season.
With the significance of this draft, we decided to look back at every single draft performance from the Bolts in the last 10 years and give retroactive grades. With years 2014-2019 in the books, today we bring you the 2013 NFL Draft retrospective for the Los Angeles Chargers.
2013 NFL Draft Retrospective:
- Draft order location: 11th
- Selections: Six
- Pro Bowls: Three
- All-Pros: Zero
- Trades: Chargers trade 45th and 110th overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals for the 38th overall pick
First-round selection: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
In the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chargers addressed a need that the team seemingly has every single year — the offensive line. D.J. Fluker was the fourth tackle selected and while he was solid, he was not nearly as good as the third tackle selected, Lane Johnson.
Fluker may have never blossomed into the Pro Bowl tackle that fans were hoping he would become when the team drafted him but he was always an above-average offensive lineman and was rather consistent as well.
He played in 15 games in three of his four seasons with the Chargers and missed four games in 2015. The Chargers released Fluker after four years and a transition to right guard and he has not been the same player since.
So while he was solid in his time with the team, his long-term impact was not what was expected and his transition to interior offensive lineman was not necessarily what the team had in mind, either.