Los Angeles Chargers: Creating the All-Decade NFL Draft
By Jason Reed
We have already gone back and given retrospective grades for all of the Los Angeles Chargers‘ draft performances in the 2010s. For the most part, the Chargers did okay. The early half of the decade was not great but once Tom Telesco took over as general manager things started to improve.
With that 10-article series now up, we decided to perfectly sum it all up by giving you the Chargers All-Decade NFL Draft. Inspired by the NFL’s All-Decade team, we essentially are taking the best selection from each round in the decade to bring you one comprehensive draft.
Some players are going to be snubbed as some rounds are obviously deeper than others. In terms of first-round picks, the Los Angeles Chargers completely knocked the ball out of the park. Some rounds, even in this all-decade format, leave more to be desired.
Without further ado, let’s get into the fun.
Los Angeles Chargers All-Decade first-round selection: Joey Bosa (2016)
- Honorable mentions: Derwin James, Melvin Ingram
It was hard to pick who the best first-round pick that the Los Angeles Chargers made this decade but we decided to go with Joey Bosa. Bosa has shown an extremely high ceiling in his four years in the league and legitimately could be a candidate for defensive player of the year.
He is one of the best pass-rushing defensive ends in the entire league and is a staple of the Chargers defense. 2018 first-round pick Derwin James had a case to be made, as he already has an All-Pro honor under his belt, but Bosa has more years thus more reason to get the honor.
Bosa’s opposite, Melvin Ingram, also has been a great selection for the Chargers and in terms of overall production, leads the way as he was drafted in 2012. However, he was a late bloomer and at their best, Bosa and James still beat out Ingram.