While the LA Chargers have had first-round success in recent years, the franchise overall has not had the best draft history. There were certainly some dry patches in franchise history, which explain why the team has had some pretty big losing stretches in its past.
However, the Bolts have still had some fantastic draft selections in the NFL Draft and pinpointing the greatest of all time can be a tough thing to do... so that is exactly what we did.
The parameters of this list are simple. First, you have to be drafted by the Chargers, meaning that Philip Rivers will not be on this list. Second, we are only measuring the impact the player had on the Chargers, not on other teams. Third, we are also considering value. A home run in later rounds is worth more than a home run in the first. Without further ado...
Here are the 15 greatest draft picks in LA Chargers history:
15. Joey Bosa, 2018
Joey Bosa is definitely someone who is going to climb this list when it is all said and done. Bosa in on track to put together some of the best pass-rushing numbers in franchise history and as his numbers increase, so will his place on this ranking.
Ironically, being taken third overall actually hurts Bosa's stock on this list since he was expected to be an elite pass-rusher. The scariest part about Bosa is that it feels like he still has not even reached his ceiling, as he has legitimate Defensive Player of the Year potential that he has not cashed in on yet.
14. Drew Brees, 2001
Most of Drew Brees' career impact came with the New Orleans Saints after the Chargers let him walk in free agency. While it might be a bad look in hindsight, Philip Rivers was a Hall of Fame quarterback himself and there were a lot of concerns around Brees and his injury. Plus, there is no guarantee that Brees would have been the same guy without Sean Payton.
In terms of overall legacy, Brees would be no. 1 on this list. He is a top-three quarterback of all time in terms of stats and he was taken in the second round by the Bolts. However, since most of that impact was in New Orleans, he ranks 14th.