Chargers Draft

The history of the LA Chargers picking an offensive lineman in first round

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: D.J. Fluker #76 of the San Diego Chargers during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: D.J. Fluker #76 of the San Diego Chargers during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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1985: Jim Lachey, Tackle, 12th overall pick

Jim Lachey had a fantastic career in the NFL. When it was all said and done, the Ohio State tackle finished with three Pro Bowl appearances, three All-Pro nods and even won the Super Bowl with Washington.

The problem when it comes to the Chargers is the fact that most of Lachey’s success came in the Nation’s Capital, not in San Diego. Lachey made one Pro Bowl team while with the Chargers before having his best years in Washington.

Lachey was arguably the best tackle in the league from 1989-1991 and then capped it off with a solid 1992 in which he became a Super Bowl Champion.

There was a stop in-between San Diego and Washington D.C. Lachey played one game with the Raiders after staging a training camp holdout to demand his trade from the Chargers. Lachey reportedly threatened to retire if the Chargers did not trade him.

So this is just another example of the Chargers picking a first-round offensive lineman and it coming back to bite. Sure, they got some solid years out of Lachey, but they could not even keep the best offensive lineman they would ever draft in the first round with the team.

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