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LA Chargers: The 4 worst first-round picks this century

Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (99) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (99) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Now that the LA Chargers have hired their next head coach in Brandon Staley the main focus for the Bolts has turned to two things: who the team hires as the offensive coordinator and preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Of course, free agency will come before the NFL Draft but the draft is more important for building a roster. The Chargers may get some complementary pieces in free agency, I doubt they spend like they did last offseason.

For the most part, the LA Chargers have done a decent job in the NFL Draft, at least in the first round. The last few years have been a bit shaky from top to bottom for the Bolts, but they hardly miss on first-round picks.

We planned on doing a list of 5-7 first-round busts since the turn of the century, but quite frankly, we could really only pinpoint four.

We all know the biggest bust in franchise history is Ryan Leaf, but he was selected in 1998, so he gets a pass on this one.

The LA Chargers’ worst first-round picks since 2000: 4. Jerry Tillery

Jerry Tillery ranks fourth as there is still time for him to turn it around and turn into a productive NFL tackle. The problem with Tillery is that the holes in his game are just too hard to ignore and it would take a massive improvement for him to become a productive player.

That does not mean that it won’t happen but we would be stretching the truth a bit if we were touting all of the potential that Tillery still has. He needs to improve and have a good 2021 if he wants any chance of putting together a good NFL career.

It is a shame too because Tillery has shown brief flashes of being really good. It looked like he had taken massive steps in Week 1 this season as he played really well against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, it was fool’s gold.

Tillery is terrible against the run and committed silly penalty after silly penalty. He could get even higher on this list if things get worse, not better. At least he was not a high first-round pick.

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