Chargers Draft

Ranking every Chargers first-round pick under Tom Telesco

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Melvin Gordon
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6. Melvin Gordon - 15th overall, 2015 NFL Draft

Melvin Gordon rounds out the bottom half of the list after an inconsistent Chargers career. The 28-year-old running back played out the five years on his rookie contract before ultimately leaving the Bolts after a questionable decision to hold out during the 2019 season.

Taking a running back in the first round is always a questionable decision, but trading up to do so reflects poorly on Telesco. The Bolts GM is lucky Gordon turned down the three-year, $30 million extension he reportedly offered him and his camp because that would've really put a damper on an already struggling regime.

The ex-Wisconsin Badger struggled mightily in his rookie season, registering no touchdown the entire campaign. At the end of his five years with the Chargers, Gordon only finished above 4.0 YPC once, a shocking stat for a running back that supposedly needed to be traded up for.

The fumbling issues after returning from his 2019 holdout was the last straw in his Chargers career, ultimately proving to be another subpar first-round pick from Telesco.