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Draft History: Quarterbacks

Posted Apr 25, 2012

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, Philip Rivers. San Diego’s current starting quarterback, Rivers has thrown for 24,285 yards and 163 touchdowns, completed 63.5 percent of his passes and led the Chargers to a 66-37 record (including playoffs) and four AFC West championships. Rivers also is a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Player: Drew Brees
Drafted: 2001, second round (32nd overall)
School: Purdue
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)
School: Oregon
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)
School: Kansas
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.

Year Player Round Drafted School
2010 Jonathan Crompton 5th (168 overall) Tennessee
2006 Charlie Whitehurst 3rd (81) Clemson
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
1960 Bobby Boyd N/A Oklahoma
Bobby Franklin N/A Ole Miss
Ken Talkington N/A Texas Tech
John Talley N/A Northwestern

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