NFL Draft

Best and Worst Picks of this Millennium


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The Best: OLB Shaun Phillips (2004)

I considered going with Darrell Stuckey, as the special-teams dynamo brings so much as a leader and clubhouse presence. However, pass rushers are difficult to find and Phillips’ 81.5 career sacks are simply too much to ignore. If we are going to celebrate Melvin Ingram for reaching 10 sacks last season, we have to do the same for Phillips, who averaged more than nine sacks per season from 2006-2010.

The Worst: RB Gartrell Johnson (2009)

The Chargers were trying to prepare for the post-Tomlinson era, but this choice was a swing-and-a-miss. Johnson failed to make the 53-man roster, a stunning failure for a fourth-round pick, and spent time with the Giants and Falcons before disappearing from the league after just two seasons. On the bright side, he finished his career with a rushing average of 3.4 ypc, nearly identical to the 2015 averages of Melvin Gordon (3.5), Danny Woodhead (3.4) and Branden Oliver (3.5).

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

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