My10 favorite draft choices by the Chargers since 2000

LaDainian Tomlinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. - [Sean O'Brien / Flickr]
LaDainian Tomlinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. - [Sean O'Brien / Flickr]

Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson was the face of the team for a while, and the easy choice to top this list.

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After looking at the best recent draft picks for 24 teams, it’s now time to look at the Chargers, who have the 28th pick in this April’s draft. Sean Wagner-McGough of CBS Sports has them selecting defensive tackle Jerry Tillery out of Notre Dame with that pick.

The Chargers have reached the postseason seven times since 2000, but they have advanced to the AFC championship game only once in that time. Their successful seasons came when many of these players on the list were at their best.

Note: Only time with the Chargers is considered for this list. Where they were drafted makes a difference - meaning this is not a list of the top ten players drafted by the Chargers. While there is a strong likelihood that Derwin James will be deserving of this list rather soon, he currently still needs to put a little more time in. Some late-round draft picks that didn’t quite make the list but had solid careers with the team include Mike Scifres (fifth round, 2003), Shane Olivea (seventh round, 2004), Darren Sproles (fourth round, 2005), Jeromey Clary (sixth round, 2006), and Jatavis Brown (fifth round, 2016).

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LaDainian Tomlinson, RB - first round, fifth overall (2001); time with Chargers: 2001-2009

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017, Tomlinson's 28 rushing touchdowns in 2006 are still the most ever in a single season. In nine extraordinary years with the team, he totaled 12,490 yards on the ground, 85 rushing touchdowns, and 15 receiving touchdowns.

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Keenan Allen, WR - third round, 76th overall (2013); time with Chargers: 2013-present

Named the Comeback Player of the Year in 2017, Allen has caught 199 passes over the last two years. He was named to the Pro Bowl both seasons and has averaged 74.4 receiving yards per game for his career.

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