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List of Los Angeles Chargers first-round draft picks

Kellen Winslow, the Chargers' 1979 first round pick and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee

The Los Angeles Chargers are a National Football League (NFL) franchise. They began play in 1960, a charter member of the American Football League. The Chargers moved to San Diego, California in 1961, changing their name to the San Diego Chargers. In 2017, the Chargers relocated back to Los Angeles. The Chargers' first draft selection was Monty Stickles, an end from the University of Notre Dame. The team's most recent first round selection was Jason Verrett, a cornerback from Texas Christian University. The Chargers have selected the number one overall pick in the draft once. They have also selected the second overall pick three times. The University of Tennessee and the University of Texas are tied for the most players chosen by the Chargers from one university, with three selections each.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.


Table key
^ Indicates the player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 *  Selected number one overall
Indicates the player was selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
The Chargers did not draft a player in the first round that year.
Year Each year links to an article about that particular NFL Draft.
Pick Indicates the number of the pick within the first round
Position Indicates the position of the player in the NFL
College The player's college football team

Player selectionsEdit

LaDainian Tomlinson was the Chargers' 2001 first round pick
Quentin Jammer was the Chargers' first round pick in 2002
Shawne Merriman was one of the Chargers' first round picks in 2005
Melvin Ingram was the Chargers' first round pick in 2012
Los Angeles Chargers first-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1960 N/A Monty Stickles End Notre Dame
1961 7 Earl Faison DE Indiana
1962 8 Bob Ferguson FB Ohio State
1963 2 Walt Sweeney G Syracuse
1964 8 Ted Davis LB Georgia Tech
1965 6 Steve DeLong DE Tennessee
1966 7 Don Davis DT Los Angeles State
1967 14 Ron Billingsley DT Wyoming
1968 4 Russ Washington T Missouri [a]
18 Jim Hill DB Texas A&M–Kingsville
1969 9 Marty Domres QB Columbia [a]
18 Bob Babich LB Miami (OH)
1970 15 Walker Gillette WR Richmond
1971 13 Leon Burns RB Long Beach State
1972 No pick [b]
1973 25 Johnny Rodgers WR Nebraska
1974 2 Bo Matthews RB Colorado
15 Don Goode LB Kansas
1975 8 Gary Johnson DT Grambling State
22 Mike Williams DB LSU
1976 4 Joe Washington RB Oklahoma
1977 24 Bob Rush C Memphis
1978 14 John Jefferson WR Arizona State
1979 13 Kellen Winslow ^ TE Missouri
1980 No pick
1981 24 James Brooks RB Auburn
1982 No pick
1983 5 Billy Ray Smith, Jr. LB Arkansas
20 Gary Anderson RB Arkansas
22 Gill Byrd DB San Jose State
1984 6 Mossy Cade DB Texas
1985 12 Jim Lachey T Ohio State
1986 8 Leslie O'Neal DE Oklahoma State
13 James FitzPatrick T USC
1987 24 Rod Bernstine RB Texas A&M
1988 15 Anthony Miller WR Tennessee
1989 8 Burt Grossman DE Pittsburgh
1990 5 Junior Seau ^ LB USC
1991 9 Stanley Richard DB Texas
1992 23 Chris Mims DE Tennessee
1993 22 Darrien Gordon DB Stanford
1994 No pick
1995 No pick
1996 No pick
1997 No pick
1998 2 Ryan Leaf QB Washington State
1999 No pick
2000 No pick
2001 5 LaDainian Tomlinson ^ RB TCU
2002 5 Quentin Jammer DB Texas
2003 30 Sammy Davis DB Texas A&M
2004 1 Eli Manning* QB Mississippi
2005 12 Shawne Merriman LB Maryland
28 Luis Castillo DE Northwestern
2006 19 Antonio Cromartie DB Florida State
2007 30 Craig Davis WR LSU
2008 27 Antoine Cason DB Arizona
2009 16 Larry English LB Northern Illinois
2010 12 Ryan Mathews RB Fresno State
2011 18 Corey Liuget DT Illinois
2012 18 Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
2013 11 D. J. Fluker OL Alabama
2014 25 Jason Verrett CB TCU
2015 15 Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
2016 3 Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
2017 7 Mike Williams WR Clemson
2018 17 Derwin James S Florida State
2019 28 Jerry Tillery DT Notre Dame


  1. ^ a b On August 15, 1967, the Chargers traded quarterback Steve Tensi to the Denver Broncos for the #4 overall pick in the 1968 Draft and #9 overall pick in the 1969 Draft.[1]
  2. ^ On June 23, 1971 The Chargers traded the #11 overall pick in the 1972 NFL draft to the Green Bay Packers for defensive tackle Kevin Hardy.[2]


  • "San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers Draft History". Pro-Football-Reference. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  • Alder, James. "NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection". Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  1. ^ Football Register. Sporting News. 1969. p. 229. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  2. ^ "Pack Sends Kevin Hardy To Chargers". Playground Daily News. Retrieved 2018-08-21.