Los Angeles Chargers All-Decade fourth-round selection: Ladarius Green (2012)
The fourth round is rough for the Los Angeles Chargers. While Ladarius Green had some solid outbreaks late in his Chargers career and that earned him a contract from the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was not necessarily a great pass-catching tight end.
He would have been an average TE1, at the absolute best, and played at his best as a TE2 behind Antonio Gates. He was a viable threat in the passing game and was good value out of a fourth-round pick, but to be the best pick in 10 years showcases the struggles in the fourth round.
You cannot expect the Chargers to draft studs in the fourth round but there should be at least one solid standout. Instead, we guys like Darrell Stuckey and Rayshawn Jenkins as the second and third best selections in the round.
Los Angeles Chargers All-Decade fifth-round selection: Desmond King (2017)
Now, this is a diamond in the rough if we have ever seen one. While Desmond King took a step back in 2019 and was not as good as he was the year before, he was still an All-Pro in 2018 for his efforts in the secondary and had some big plays as the team’s punt returner.
King’s best play of the year was arguably the punt return touchdown he had against the Pittsburgh Steelers that kickstarted a three-touchdown comeback for the Chargers in 2018. That one play showcased how magical that season was for the Chargers and how big of a pleasant surprise King was.
King is in a contract year and has a lot to play for but even if he never returns to who he was in 2018, he is still an All-Pro to be selected out of the fifth round, which is tremendous.