The 2020 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and as the days slowly tick down to zero we take a look at the Los Angeles Chargers‘ past draft performances to see what we can expect in the 2020 draft.
Thus far, we have looked at every draft from 2019 to 2012 and given the team a retrospective grade not only on every single draft but every single pick as well. For the most part, there have not been any failing efforts by the Chargers, although some years were really bad outside of one great selection that saved the draft.
Without further ado, we continue our trek back throughout the past decade and bring you the second to last retrospective in this series — 2011.
Los Angeles Chargers 2011 NFL Draft Retrospective:
- Draft order location: 18th
- Selections: Eight
- Pro Bowls: Zero
- All-Pros: Zero
- Trades: Chargers trade Antonio Cromartie to Jets for 2011 second-round pick; Chargers trade Charlie Whitehurst to Seahawks for 2011 third-round pick; Chargers trade 2011 seventh-round pick to Cowboys for Patrick Crayton
First-round selection: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
The Los Angeles Chargers started the draft off on a good note as they brought in a long-term starting defensive tackle that was above-average his entire career. He never reached a Pro Bowl in his Charger career, but he was a reliable and talented defensive tackle who was a big component of the team’s defensive line.
Corey Liuget was fairly consistent in being on the field in his first six seasons, only having one year in which he played fewer than 15 games. He missed four games in 2017 and missed almost all of 2018 before being a non-factor in both Buffalo and Oakland last season.
Liuget was a solid selection in every sense, however, they did miss out on some big names later in the first round, which does hurt the grade.
- Grade: B-
- Could have drafted: Cameron Jordan, Cameron Heyward