Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Best players to be drafted that never played for the Bolts

2004 NFL Draft first overall pick Eli Manning (right) with NFL Commisioner Paul Tagliabue, at Madison Square Garden in New York, April 24. Manning, shown with San Diego Chargers jersey, was traded to the New York Giants later in the day. (Photo by Allan Grdovic/Getty Images)
2004 NFL Draft first overall pick Eli Manning (right) with NFL Commisioner Paul Tagliabue, at Madison Square Garden in New York, April 24. Manning, shown with San Diego Chargers jersey, was traded to the New York Giants later in the day. (Photo by Allan Grdovic/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

3. Dave Robinson

This is an example of the LA Chargers selecting Dave Robinson in the AFL Draft before the merger and Robinson instead decided to spurn the Chargers to play with the Green Bay Packers. He probably made the right decision, as he is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and won two Super Bowls (three NFL Championships) with the Packers.

The Chargers selected Robinson with the 17th overall pick in the 1963 AFL Draft after a standout showing at Penn State while the Packers drafted him with the 14th overall pick in the 1963 NFL Draft.

He did not make an immediate impact with the Pakcers as he was a rotational linebacker in his first two seasons but once he was given the starting job he never looked back. He was one of the most important players on the Packers defense, making three Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team.

It can be hard to gauge just how good Robinson was as they were not keeping track of sacks nor tackles during his time, but his induction into Canton is telling in how good he really was.

He finished his career with an Approximate Value of 81, which is the 13th-most by any player drafted by the LA Chargers in franchise history.

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