Chargers Draft Re-Visited: 2005
Round 1, Selection 28
Luis Castillo – DE, Northwestern
Castillo has been a starter since he was drafted in 2005, although he has also had injury issues derail his NFL success. When he can manage to stay on the field, he is a disruptive force. However, injuries have slowed his progress in the last couple of seasons which may eventually lead to a fate similar to Merriman. In his seven years with the Chargers, he has totaled 150 tackles, 19 sacks and two interceptions.
Round 2, Selection 61
Vincent Jackson – WR, Northern Colorado
Considered a project when he was first drafted, Jackson has panned out better than anyone in the Chargers organization could have imagined. Earning a starting job in 2007, VJ has become on of the most dangerous deep threats in the NFL. He earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2009 after carving a niche for himself as the Chargers go-to receiver. After missing the majority of the 2010 season due to a contract dispute, he played the final five games while hauling in 14 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns.
Round 4, Selection 130
Darren Sproles – HB, Kansas State
The Chargers’ own version of lightning in a bottle, Sproles has gone from almost being cut in 2007 to one of the team’s most reliable and hard-nosed players. Although his size leaves him at a disadvantage, it also gives him a disadvantage. He has excelled in a utility role for the Chargers, only starting five times in six NFL seasons. He has scored 17 offensive touchdowns during that time and is a terrific contributor in the return game.
Round 5, Selection 164
Wesley Britt – T, Alabama
Britt was released at the beginning of the 2005 regular season and never played a game for the Chargers. He was signed in 2006 by the New England Patriots, where he spent three seasons before falling off of the NFL radar.
Round 6, Selection 177
Wes Sims – G, Oklahoma
Sims appeared in one game as a Charger before being released. He was picked up by the Panthers in 2006, but never saw any playing time. After 2006, he was released and never heard from in the NFL again.
Round 7, Selection 242
Scott Mruckowski – C, Bowling Green
Mruckowski has appeared in 73 games from 2005-2010. He started at center for the injured Nick Hardwick for 13 games during the 2009 season, and saw time as a backup in 15 games during the 2010 season.