Chargers Draft Re-Visted: 2004
Within hours of selecting Eli Manning, he was traded to the New York Giants for QB- Philip Rivers, a 3rd round pick (Nate Kaeding) and a 1st round pick in 2005 (Shawne Merriman)
Philip Rivers – QB,
After sitting his first two years, Rivers took over the Chargers offense in 2006 with a Pro Bowl season. He has led the Chargers to the playoffs each of his four seasons as a starter. Rivers ranks 4th in yards, 3rd in TDs, and he has the highest completion percentage in the history of the Chargers. The Chargers are 3-4 in the playoffs since Rivers took over the starting job with one appearance in the AFC Championship game.
Round 2, Selection 35
Igor Olshansky – DE,
Igor, a fan favorite started at DE as a rookie and did not look back. Starting in 70 of 75 games for the Chargers during his five seasons with the team, he was not a super star, but a guy that could take up a lot of space on the defensive line.
Round 3, Selection 65 (via Trade with NYG)
Nate Kaeding – K,
Nate has become on of the most accurate kickers in the history or the game. A two time pro bowler, he has give the Chargers a dependable regular season kicker. His post season struggles have been well documented, but he has been a great kicker with the exception of playoff games vs. the Jets.
Round 3, Selection 66
Nick Hardwick – C, Purdue
A Pro Bowler in 2006, Nick has done a great job at Center from 2004 – 2009, when healthy. He has a huge impact on the running game when he plays and is the captain of the offensive line.
Round 4, Selection 98
Shaun Phillips – DE/OLB, Purdue
Shaun was a situational pass rusher until 2006 when he took over full time duties as OLB. It looks like his success may be tied to Shawne Merriman though, as it is well documented that Phillips does struggle when Merriman is not on the field. With that said, Phillips is currently 5th on the Chargers all time sack list 45.5
Round 5, Selection 133
Dave Ball – DE, UCLA
Ball appeared in a total of eight games from 2004-2005 before being waived.
Round 5, Selection 154
Michael Turner – HB,
The Burner provided a breather for future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson from 2004-2007. Turner was then allowed to walk away, signing a lucrative deal with the Atlanta Falcons and making the 2008 NFC Pro Bowl team.
Round 6, Selection 169
Ryan Krause – TE, Nebraska-Omaha
Krause appeared in four games from 2004-2005 before being waived by the Chargers.
Round 7, Selection 204
Ryon Bingham – DT,
Bingham played with the Chargers from 2005-2008, appearing in all 16 games in 2006-2008.
Round 7, Selection 209
Shane Olivea – G,
Shane started all 16 games as a rookie and started 57 of 60 games from 2004-2007. He was cut following 2007 for his second substance abuse violation.
Round 7, Selection 254
Carlos never played a down for the Chargers and was waived by the team following 2005.