3. Rodney Harrison, 1994
Rodney Harrison had a very good NFL career and was one of the better safeties in the league during the 1990s and 2000s. While he does not have the overall accolades as some of the other guys on this list, he still made his mark in the league. Harrison was a two-time All-Pro in his career, one of which came during his nine years with the Chargers.
This might seem a big high for Harrison as he definitely does not rank higher on the all-time list than some of the players below him. What helps him in this regard is where he was taken. The Chargers got a great safety with an All-Pro ceiling with the 145th pick in the 1994 NFL Draft.
Harrison was a fifth-rounder and as far as we are concerned, is the greatest late-round draft pick in Chargers franchise history.
2. Keenan Allen, 2013
Keenan Allen was taken in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft and 10 draft classes later, he is still the greatest selection that general manager Tom Telesco has ever made. We may not realize it in the moment, but Allen is going to go down as the greatest wide receiver in franchise history as he is well on his way to breaking the all-time marks.
Granted, the league is more passing-heavy and that helps Allen's overall numbers but the fact that he overcame early injury adversity in his career to put together the best career as a wide receiver in franchise history really is something. If he did not suffer those injuries early on he would already be the consensus best receiver in Chargers history.
Getting a five-time (and counting) Pro Bowler who will set franchise records with the 76th overall pick in the draft is no small feat. If Allen just finishes out his contract with the Bolts and averages 1,000 yards per season then he will finish in the top-10 in receiving yards for players taken past pick 75.