NFL Draft

Best and Worst Picks of this Millennium


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The Best: OG Scott Mruczkowski (2005)

I was tempted to have Mruczkowski share this spot with 2004 seventh-round pick Ryon Bingham, but opted to give Mruczkowski the spotlight to himself. The Chargers closed out the 2005 draft with three consecutive offensive linemen — OT Wesley Britt, OG Wes Sims and Mruczowski — and only the Bowling Green product lasted more than one season. In fact, he lasted eight seasons, appearing in 83 games (16 starts) at center and guard.

The Worst: QB Seth Burford (2002)

Burford was an exceptional athlete with a cannon arm. Unfortunately, he couldn’t read a defense, anticipate throws, deliver with accuracy … you know, all the things it takes to be a quarterback in the National Football League. On the bright side, Burford fizzled out so quickly that it cleared the way for an epic QB depth chart in 2004: 1) Drew Brees; 2) Doug Flutie; and 3) Philip Rivers.

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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 and has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports, Football Insiders and MySpace Sports.

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