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Fox Sports best drafts - we're number 1 (twice)

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by LT - HOF, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. LT - HOF

    LT - HOF BoltTalker

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    Best 1. Chargers, 2004: I noticed that Sports Illustrated rated San Diego's 2001 draft a lot higher, which was the LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Brees draft. And those picks are damn good because the late John Butler passed on Michael Vick, but this A.J. Smith draft had quality and unbelievable depth. This draft was the one in which the Giants caved on Eli Manning, and the Chargers ended up with Phillip Rivers, defensive tackle Igor Olshansky, kicker Nate Kaeding, center Nick Hardwick, outside linebacker Shaun Phillips, the best backup running back in the league in Michael Turner and starting right tackle Shane Olivea in the seventh round. That's six starters in all, plus the rights to take Shawne Merriman in 2005.

    Worst 1. Chargers, 1998: Yes, this was the Ryan Leaf draft and it exposed San Diego for not doing its character homework on the troubled Washington State quarterback. Leaf preferred to have a beer in his hand than a football and he will be forever compared to Peyton Manning, the first pick. The amazing thing was that most teams were split on these two players; Leaf was thought to have a stronger arm and was given high marks for leading a traditionally sorry team to the Rose Bowl while Manning never won anything at Tennessee. This draft also included receiver Mikhael Ricks, another huge bust.

    Just saying this out loud so I can be smart after the draft - Michael Griffin or Eric Weddle will be on the Chargers in 08. AJ for president!
     

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