Never know when a bunny is going to be Larry English -- or Buster Davisby Kevin AceeIn January, while I was on my annual two-week odyssey to the Senior Bowl and Super Bowl, my wife bought our daughter a bunny.Cute little bunny. There was much excitement in the house.Of course, the bunny doesn’t do much. Sort of a disappointment to those whose hopes were high.And now it turns out the rabbit has some sort of disorder that on Saturday set me back $200 for a surgery that evidently is not the last of the procedures for which we’ll be paying to keep it alive.It figures. This is how it often is when we get an animal. Why my wife continues to be surprised, I don’t know.All I can do in order to avoid 10-year-old-girl drama and wife-inflicted trauma is keep forking over money and hope the rabbit eventually gets healthy. I’ll at least give it another year before I forget to latch its cage and it gets out in the yard and I have no control over what happens to the poor little thing.Which brings me to Larry English.The Chargers used the 16th pick in the 2009 draft on English, a player Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith to this day believes to be the football equivalent of cute as a bunny (or something like that).English, who I’m told is healthy and will be ready to give it a go again in September, has played in just 29 games and made four starts in three seasons.Foot injuries and the accompanying surgeries have limited him to 13 games the past two seasons.Besides being bossy, what my wife and A.J. have in common is that they can’t seem to pick em’ lately.Call it a run of bad luck.My wife hasn’t always struck out like this. She did, after all, bring me home once.Smith, too, at one time hit gold with his picks way more often than not.I’m not saying Smith will let you down again this week. I’m not saying English won’t yet turn out to prove worth the investment. (Hey, I’m pulling for the bunny. I’m several hundred bucks in.)But Smith doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt anymore.Even if we take the kindest view — that Buster Davis happens, Antoine Cason has had moments, English hasn’t had a chance, Ryan Mathews is on the verge, Corey Liuget gets more time — you put Smith’s last five first-round picks together and they so far add up to not quite as much impact as, oh, I don’t know, one Clay Matthews.The Chargers have had just three second-round picks in that time. One of them, Eric Weddle, developed into a Pro Bowler. The other two were drafted last year, only one of which played a snap.The Chargers have had six third-round picks since 2007. Louis Vasquez is a bona fide starter, Vincent Brown and Donald Butler appear on their way to being major contributors, Shareece Wright has yet to impress and Anthony Waters was let go a few years ago.After that? Just six of the Chargers’ 20 picks in the fourth through seventh rounds since ’07 remain with the team.Look, this isn’t just a Chargers issue. The New England Patriots have made 28 picks in the fourth through seventh rounds over the past five years. Just nine of those players are still with the team.The NFL draft is like nothing else in sports. It’s not a sport, it’s televised educated guessing.Held over three days beginning Thursday, the draft will feature no actual athletic achievement, no tangible winners or losers.At least at the end of a cricket match, we know who won. We won’t know this draft’s “winners” for a few years, and even then it will be debatable.The draft will be watched on two different networks and various mediums by some 50 million people. It will trend on Twitter, be appreciated on apps. Newspapers and web sites will devote countless words to its coverage and analysis.There might be nothing else that illustrates the NFL’s genius and its built-in advantage over other professional leagues. It exploits our expectations and need for perpetual hope.But please, for your own good, good people who love the Chargers, don’t get your hopes up.The Chargers have eight picks, one in each of the first six rounds and two in the seventh.We don’t know how many of those bunnies will end up being let out in the yard.Anyway, you’ve been advised. Just take it as it comes. Please listen better than my wife.