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5 Biggest Draft Blunders in San Diego Chargers History

5 Biggest Draft Blunders in San Diego Chargers History

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When it comes to the NFL Draft, you never know how a player will perform when exposed to the big stage that is the NFL. There have been a share of players who have taken the spotlight well, and then there are other players who fade out and never live up to that expectation that they set in college.

Here are five examples of the players drafted by the San Diego Chargers who failed to live up to expectations.

5. Antonie Cason - 2008 Round 1, Pick 27

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5. Antonie Cason - 2008 Round 1, Pick 27

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Perhaps waiting to get his chance in the spotlight hurt his chances. Antonie Cason was a decorated secondary player in college, until he burned out the hard way. He got his chance two years later, and proved that he was not as hyped as everyone thought. He spent more time chasing wide outs than staying with them.

4. Rogers Beckett - 2000 Round 2, Pick 43

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4. Rogers Beckett - 2000 Round 2, Pick 43

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Another secondary member who never made it in the big league, Rogers Beckett spent only two seasons with the Chargers, in which he never became the great player on defense that people had hoped. He spent a big portion of his time looking at the receivers' backs.

3. Craig “Buster” Davis - 2007 Round 1, Pick 30

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3. Craig “Buster” Davis - 2007 Round 1, Pick 30

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With the Chargers looking to improve on a 14-2 season, they were looking for a wide out who could bring the franchise to the Super Bowl. Craig Davis did not provide that step; he only caught two touchdowns on 51 receptions during his short career.

2. Sammy Davis - 2003 Round 1, Pick 30

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2. Sammy Davis - 2003 Round 1, Pick 30

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The Chargers have had some difficulties with the secondary position in the draft in their franchise. Sammy Davis is no different. The height of his career came in his first season, and he never emerged. He spent the rest of his time in the NFL as a backup.

1. Ryan Leaf - 1998 Round 1, Pick 2

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1. Ryan Leaf - 1998 Round 1, Pick 2

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Perhaps the biggest draft bust in NFL History, Ryan Leaf fell under the pressure of being the quarterback drafted after Peyton Manning. In fact, Leaf only won four games in three years as a starter, while throwing 13 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. The biggest knock on Leaf was his immaturity, as he spent more time fighting with teammates, office personal, and the media than being a better player.