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LA Chargers: The 5 greatest 13th overall picks in NFL Draft history

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The LA Chargers have the 13th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Many expect the Bolts to pick an offensive lineman with the 13th overall pick, which is what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the pick for last year in Tristan Wirfs. Wirfs was the best rookie tackle last season.

The Chargers do not have a great track record of selecting offensive linemen in the first round of the draft but the 13th overall pick has some great history. Some of the best players in NFL history at their respective positions have been selected 13th.

Hopefully, the LA Chargers can strike gold like these five picks.

Note: We included picks only after the NFL-AFL merger. 

5. Kellen Winslow, 1979

The fifth-best 13th overall pick of all-time is a Chargers legend who helped reinvent the tight end position. Kellen Winslow was far before his time when he played on the Chargers and he is an inspiration for many of the great tight ends that would follow in the league.

Winslow’s impact on the game will forever be felt, although his overall numbers are still slightly less impressive than the four other players on this list. However, because of his contributions, he is still in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Three of the five players listed are currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One will be once his career is over and one arguably should be but isn’t. That someone is the fourth-best player to be picked with the 13th overall pick.