List of Los Angeles Chargers first-round draft picks

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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 selections

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 Defensive end Indiana
1962 8 Bob Ferguson Fullback Ohio State
1963 2 Walt Sweeney Guard Syracuse
1964 8 Ted Davis Linebacker Georgia Tech
1965 6 Steve DeLong Defensive end Tennessee
1966 7 Don Davis Defensive tackle Los Angeles State
1967 14 Ron Billingsley Defensive tackle Wyoming
1968 4 Russ Washington Tackle Missouri [a]
18 Jim Hill Defensive back Texas A&M–Kingsville
1969 9 Marty Domres Quarterback Columbia [a]
18 Bob Babich Linebacker Miami (OH)
1970 15 Walker Gillette Wide receiver Richmond
1971 13 Leon Burns Running back Long Beach State
1972 No pick [b]
1973 25 Johnny Rodgers Wide receiver Nebraska
1974 2 Bo Matthews Running back Colorado
15 Don Goode Linebacker Kansas
1975 8 Gary Johnson Defensive tackle Grambling State
22 Mike Williams Defensive back LSU
1976 4 Joe Washington Running back Oklahoma
1977 24 Bob Rush Center Memphis
1978 14 John Jefferson Wide receiver Arizona State
1979 13 Kellen Winslow ^ Tight end Missouri
1980 No pick
1981 24 James Brooks Running back Auburn
1982 No pick
1983 5 Billy Ray Smith, Jr. Linebacker Arkansas
20 Gary Anderson Running back Arkansas
22 Gill Byrd Defensive back San Jose State
1984 6 Mossy Cade Defensive back Texas
1985 12 Jim Lachey Tackle Ohio State
1986 8 Leslie O'Neal Defensive end Oklahoma State
13 James FitzPatrick Tackle USC
1987 24 Rod Bernstine Running back Texas A&M
1988 15 Anthony Miller Wide receiver Tennessee
1989 8 Burt Grossman Defensive end Pittsburgh
1990 5 Junior Seau ^ Linebacker USC
1991 9 Stanley Richard Defensive back Texas
1992 23 Chris Mims Defensive end Tennessee
1993 22 Darrien Gordon Defensive back Stanford
1994 No pick
1995 No pick
1996 No pick
1997 No pick
1998 2 Ryan Leaf Quarterback Washington State
1999 No pick
2000 No pick
2001 5 LaDainian Tomlinson ^ Running back TCU
2002 5 Quentin Jammer Defensive back Texas
2003 30 Sammy Davis Defensive back Texas A&M
2004 1 Eli Manning* Quarterback Mississippi
2005 12 Shawne Merriman Linebacker Maryland
28 Luis Castillo Defensive end Northwestern
2006 19 Antonio Cromartie Defensive back Florida State
2007 30 Craig Davis Wide receiver LSU
2008 27 Antoine Cason Defensive back Arizona
2009 16 Larry English Linebacker Northern Illinois
2010 12 Ryan Mathews Running back Fresno State
2011 18 Corey Liuget Defensive tackle Illinois
2012 18 Melvin Ingram Defensive end South Carolina
2013 11 D. J. Fluker Offensive lineman Alabama
2014 25 Jason Verrett Cornerback TCU
2015 15 Melvin Gordon Running back Wisconsin
2016 3 Joey Bosa Defensive end Ohio State
2017 7 Mike Williams Wide receiver Clemson
2018 17 Derwin James Safety FSU


  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.
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