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Best and Worst Picks of this Millennium

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The Chargers have employed only three general managers this millennium: John Butler (2001-2002), A.J. Smith (2003-2012) and Tom Telesco (2013-present). Each GM has drafted some absolute studs, but some duds have littered that long road, as well.

Here is a look back at the best — and worst — Chargers draft picks of this millennium, broken down by round.

FIRST ROUND

The Best: RB LaDainian Tomlinson (2001)

Even if we don’t disqualify Philip Rivers, who was technically drafted by the Giants, the choice here is still Tomlinson. The greatest running back of his generation, Tomlinson ranks fifth in league history in rushing yards (13,684) and second in rushing touchdowns (145). His magical 2006 season, in which he set records with 2,323 all-purpose yards and 31 total touchdowns, is the stuff of legend.

The Worst: OLB Larry English (2009)

This was a toss-up between English and 2007 first-round pick Buster Davis. Both players showed potential in spurts, but neither could stay healthy enough to contribute consistently. We give the nod to English, who averaged 2.2 sacks per season in his five years with the team. Clay Matthews, taken 10 spots after English, has more than five times as many career sacks.

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About Michael Lombardo

Michael Lombardo has covered the San Diego Chargers since 2003. He spent 12 years covering the team for Scout.com and has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports, Football Insiders and MySpace Sports.

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