Chargers Draft

Los Angeles Chargers: 2010 NFL Draft Retrospective

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a holding call against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium on September 14, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a holding call against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium on September 14, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers 2010 NFL Draft Retrospective, rounds 3 & 4:

Third-round selection: Donald Butler, LB, Washington

The Los Angeles Chargers did not have a selection in the second round as even though they traded the Seahawks’ selection, the Seahawks actually had the Chargers selection as they essentially swapped seconds for Charlie Whitehurst. It does hurt to see that the Seahawks selected Golden Tate with that pick.

Thus, we head to the third round and the Chargers did a good job with who they selected in Donald Butler. Like Matthews, Butler did not have a long Charger career, but he was effective while he was on the Bolts.

Butler missed his rookie season but was a starter in every game he appeared in from 2011 to 2014 while starting nine of the 16 games in 2015. He never was an elite linebacker, but he was solid-enough, was a sure tackler and did what the Chargers needed him to do.

For a third-round pick, this was solid.

  • Grade: B
  • Could have drafted: Emmanuel Sanders, Jimmy Graham, Everson Griffen

Fourth-round selection: Darrell Stuckey, DB, Kansas

On the surface, Darrell Stuckey might not seem like he was a great player on the Los Angeles Chargers. He did not start a single game on defense in his seven-year career with the Chargers and never played more than 17 percent of defensive snaps.

However, he was a very solid special teamer that even got a Pro Bowl nod in 2014 for his special teams effort. It may not be the prettiest thing, but with only one noticeable miss in the fourth round, this is a good selection.

  • Grade: C+
  • Could have drafted: Geno Atkins
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