Best UDFAs in LA Chargers history: 2. Kris Dielman
Kris Dielman was an anchor on the offensive line for the Chargers during arguably the most successful stretch in franchise history. Dielman spent nine seasons with the Bolts from 2003 to 2011 and was named a Pro Bowler four times, all from 2007 through 2010.
Dielman attending Indiana and played under Cam Cameron, who went on to be the offensive coordinator for the Chargers. That ultimately helped Dielman’s cause as he was brought in as a UDFA after the 2003 NFL Draft.
Dielman actually started his college tenure as an offensive lineman but then was converted to a defensive lineman. Once Cameron and the Bolts got ahold of him, they converted him back to a guard.
Dielman did not start any games in his first two seasons but was given the starting gig in 2005 and the rest was history. He was a huge asset in both the pass and run-blocking department and at least deserves some credit for the success that LaDainian Tomlinson had in the mid-2000s.
Dielman’s four-year stretch from 2007 to 2010 is one of the best in franchise history and out of any UDFA player in franchise history, he has accumulated the second-most AV.
Dielman did end his career rather early, though, as a concussion suffered in 2011 led to Dielman retiring from the game to avoid risking any further head damage. He was only 30.