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LA Chargers: The history of quarterbacks taken with the sixth overall pick

Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Trent Dilfer prepares to throw a pass during first half action of Super Bowl XXXV 28 January, 2001, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens are playing for the NFL championship. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo by Timothy A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Trent Dilfer prepares to throw a pass during first half action of Super Bowl XXXV 28 January, 2001, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens are playing for the NFL championship. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo by Timothy A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images) /
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(Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

The busts:

Rich Campbell

Rich Campbell never started an NFL game in his career. After being selected with the sixth overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, Campbell spent four years on the Green Bay Packers, attempting a total of 68 passes with nine interceptions.

The Packers traded Campbell to the Raiders, a team he would never appear in a game for. Luckily for the Packers, the 1981 draft was terrible for quarterbacks.

Ernie Case:

Ironically, this is another selection made by the Green Bay Packers, although it came much earlier in the 1947 NFL Draft.

Case spurned the Packers and instead signed with the Baltimore Colts of the AAFC and he was not great, even in that era’s time. Passing was not a mainstay but he completed just four of his 11 passes without a single passing touchdown.

Kelly Stouffer:

Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987, Kelly Stouffer certainly did not pan out in the league as expected. Stouffer did not even play for the Cardinals as the two sides could not agree on contract terms and he was then traded to the Seattle Seahawks.

Stouffer started just 16 games in four seasons for Seattle, going 5-11 in the process. He had a total of 2,333 passing yards, seven touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

David Klingler:

David Klingler had the most games started of any of the busts with 24 but that does not mean that he was a good quarterback. He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1992 and was given three years to prove his worth in the NFL.

He did not do that. The Bengals went 4-20 in the games that he started. Klingler went on to be a backup for the Raiders and finished his career with 3,994 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

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