The 15 greatest draft picks in LA Chargers history

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11. Russ Washington, 1968

With the fourth overall pick in the 1968 NFL Draft the Chargers drafted one of the best tackles in franchise history in Russ Washington. While the expectations were obviously high with him being the fourth overall pick, Washington more than made his mark in franchise history and is absolutely worth mentioning in this article.

Washington played for 15 years and spent his entire career with the Bolts. His career is really interesting as he was actually initially drafted to be a defensive tackle for the Bolts. After two seasons as a nose tackle, Washington transitioned into a right tackle, where he really made his mark as part of the Air Coryell offense.

Washington made five Pro Bowls as a right tackle, two All-Pro Second Teams and finished fourth in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.

10. Walt Sweeney, 1963

The Chargers actually took Walt Sweeney with the second overall pick of the 1963 AFL Draft in the same year that the Cleveland Browns took him in the eighth round of the 1963 NFL Draft. Sweeney was part of the only Chargers team to win a championship as the team won the 1964 AFL Championship.

Another offensive line selection, Sweeney certainly was worth the draft pick by the Chargers. The guard spent 11 of his 13 seasons with the Chargers and was named to nine Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro. If 2022 first-round pick Zion Johnson can have half as many accolades with the Bolts then it will be a great pick.