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

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4. Mike Kenn, 1978

A year before the Chargers drafted Kellen Winslow with the 13th overall pick the Atlanta Falcons drafted the best offensive lineman to ever be taken with the selection. This would be absolutely ideal for the Chargers, as getting a franchise tackle like Mike Kenn is the absolute best-case scenario.

Even someone who is 70% as successful as Mike Kenn would be good enough for the Chargers as Kenn had a phenomenal career for the Atlanta Falcons.

Kenn played a grand total of 17 seasons, all with the Falcons. He was named to the Pro Bowl five times and was an All-Pro twice. He was a Pro Bowler from 1980 to 1984 and got his second All-Pro nod in 1991 despite not making the Pro Bowl.

Kenn’s prime was remarkable and even outside of his prime he was still a very solid starting left tackle that anchored an offensive line for nearly two decades. That is not easy to do. It was even harder considering that Kenn was a beacon of consistency and durability for the Falcons.

Kenn never missed more than three games in a season and that only happened once in 1987, where Kenn played 12 of 15 games. He wound up starting 251 total games for the Falcons, which is currently the most in franchise history.

He is not a Hall of Famer, but he probably should be.