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 Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers’ worst first-round picks since 2000: 2. Sammy Davis

The Chargers selected Sammy Davis with the 30th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, so we should not have had massive expectations for him. However, at the end of the day, he is still was a first-round pick and did not come even close to producing like one.

Davis spent just three seasons with the Chargers, albeit he started more games than English did with the team as he started 30. Davis was not terrible, but he certainly was not up to NFL standards and was not the first-round cornerback that the team thought they were getting.

Davis had a combined three interceptions in his first two seasons and accumulated 124 tackles in his three years in San Diego. He had a respectable 20 passes defended in his first two seasons as well.

The ugliest part about this Davis selection is what the Chargers could have had instead. The Chargers traded down from 15 to 30 and got the Eagles’ second-round pick (62nd overall) in return. The Chargers selected defensive back Terrence Kiel with that pick.

It is quite clear that the Chargers needed secondary help in this draft and did not get great options. It is a real shame that one pick after the Chargers’ original pick the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted a decent prospect by the name of Troy Polamalu.

I covered this what-if situation in a separate article last offseason, coming to the conclusion that it may have caused the Chargers a Super Bowl.

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