SAN DIEGO – As we begin our preview of the quarterbacks available in the 2012 NFL Draft, here’s a look at players the Chargers have drafted at the position.
Player: Eli Manning
Drafted: 2004, first round (1st overall)
School: Ole Miss
Career with Chargers: Manning immediately was traded to the New York Giants for, along with several draft choices,
Player: Drew Brees
Drafted: 2001, second round (32nd overall)
Career with Chargers: Completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 12,348 yards in five seasons, starting 58 games for the Bolts before an injury factored into the team’s decision to go with Rivers at quarterback. Brees threw 80 touchdowns against 53 interceptions for San Diego and an 84.9 quarterback rating and helped the team win the AFC West in 2004.
Player: Ryan Leaf
Drafted: 1998, first round (2nd overall)
School: Washington State
Career with Chargers: The much-maligned No. 2 pick behind Peyton Manning started 18 games for San Diego in two seasons, completing 48 percent of his passes and throwing 33 interceptions. Leaf finished his career with four games in Dallas.
Player: Dan Fouts
Drafted: 1973, third round (64th overall)
Career with Chargers: The gold standard for Chargers quarterbacks is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Chargers Hall of Famer made six Pro Bowls and helped Don Coryell make San Diego into one of the most progressive passing teams in NFL history. Fouts threw for 43,040 yards and 254 touchdowns, starting 171 games in 15 seasons, all with the Bolts. He also reached 4,000 passing yards in three consecutive seasons. His 1981 stats are eye-popping: 4,802 yards, 33 touchdowns, 609 pass attempts, 13.3 yards per completion, a 10-6 record and an AFC Championship loss to Cincinnati.
Player: John Hadl
Drafted: 1962, third round (24th overall)
Career with Chargers: The four-time AFL All-Star led the league in passing yards in ’65 and ’68. A member of the Chargers Hall of Fame and the team’s 50th-Anniversary All-Time team, Hadl-to-Lance Alworth may be the most famous quarterback-receiver combination in franchise history. Hadl is the most statistically prolific quarterback in franchise history other than Fouts and Rivers, having thrown for nearly 27,000 yards and more than 200 touchdowns. Hadl threw for 3,473 yards and 27 touchdowns in ’68.
|OTHER DRAFTED QUARTERBACKS|
|2010||Jonathan Crompton||5th (168 overall)||Tennessee|
|2002||Seth Burford||7th (216)||Cal Poly-SLO|
|2000||JaJuan Seider||6th (205)||Florida A&M|
|1997||Tony Corbin||7th (237)||Sacramento State|
|1995||Craig Whelihan||6th (197)||Pacific|
|1993||Trent Green||8th (222)||Indiana|
|1990||John Friesz||6th (138)||Idaho|
|1989||Billy Joe Tolliver||2nd (51)||Texas Tech|
|Terence Jones||7th (195)||Tulane|
|1987||Mark Vlasic||4th (88)||Iowa|
|1985||Paul Berner||9th (234)||Pacific|
|1984||Steve Smith||2nd (33)||Michigan|
|1983||Bruce Mathison||10th (272)||Nebraska|
|1980||Ed Luther||4th (101)||San Jose State|
|1979||Dave Rader||11th (295)||Tulsa|
|1974||Jessie Freitas||6th (133)||San Diego State|
|1973||Tony Adams||14th (343)||Utah State|
|1970||Wayne Clark||8th (198)||U.S. International|
|1969||Marty Domres||1st (9)||Columbia|
|1965||Steve Tensi||4th (30)||Florida State|
|Jerry Welchel||9th (70)||Massachusetts|
|1963||Terry Baker||12th (90)||Oregon State|
|1962||Ron Hermann||20th (160)||Bradley|
|Mel Rideout||27th (216)||Richmond|
|1961||Bill Kilmer||5th (39)||UCLA|
|Charley Johnson||8th (64)||New Mexico State|
|Bob Scarpitto||9th (71)||Notre Dame|
|Bobby Franklin||N/A||Ole Miss|
|Ken Talkington||N/A||Texas Tech|
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