Chargers Draft

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 Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers’ worst first-round picks since 2000: 3. Larry English

Larry English is the highest selection on this list but he is just the third-worst bust. The Chargers picked English with the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Good thing the next linebacker that was taken in the draft was not a great linebacker or anything.

Oh wait… the next linebacker taken in the draft was Clay Matthews. Nevermind. He was great.

English at least spent five seasons with the Chargers and contributed on special teams, when he was healthy. That was exactly the problem: English could not stay healthy and he did not really do much when he was getting defensive snaps.

English played 52/80 games with the Bolts (65%) and started only nine games, five of which came in his last season with the team.

When it was all said and done, Englished finished his Chargers career with 11 sacks, 91 combined tackles and a forced fumble. He at least did something but he certainly was not good enough to be worth a first-round pick, nor a second or third.

English went on to play one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, appearing in 12 total games.

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