Chargers Draft

Ranking the top five biggest draft steals for the Chargers since 2010

A sensational route running technician, Keenan Allen (13) is one of the most consistent players in the NFL since 2017.
A sensational route running technician, Keenan Allen (13) is one of the most consistent players in the NFL since 2017. / Kevork Djansezian/GettyImages
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Desmond King II
A dual All-Pro selection in 2018 for his exploits as a defensive back and punt returner, Desmond King was a Swiss Army knife weapon for the Bolts. / Jam Media/GettyImages

Chargers no. 2 draft steal: Desmond King, defensive back (fifth round, 2017)

Perhaps a controversial selection as the No. 2 player on this list, but King holds a special place in my heart as a key part of the 2018 Chargers playoff team. The Thorpe Award winner in 2015 for the University of Iowa, King was named a consensus first-team All-American for the Hawkeyes following a season where he notched eight interceptions.

His senior year in 2016 he was selected as a First Team All-Big Ten selection for the second year in a row and also as an AP Second-Team All-American. Following his outstanding career with Iowa, he was selected in the fifth round by the Bolts.

As a rookie in 2017, King started four games as a do-it-all defensive back and returner for the Chargers. However, his best season with the team came in 2018 when he started eight games, combined for 62 total tackles, three interceptions and two combined touchdowns (interception and punt return).

For his efforts, King was named as an AP All-Pro first-team selection as a defensive back and a second-team choice as a punt returner. Though he was not able to capitalize on this success in 2019, he still had another solid campaign with eight more starts and reps at both punt and kick return.

Alas, his final season with the Bolts came in 2020 when he was traded to the Titans for a sixth-round pick. Since then he has latched on with the Texans and claimed a place as their starting cornerback. 

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