List of Los Angeles Chargers first-round draft picks
The Los Angeles Chargers are a National Football League (NFL) franchise. They began play in 1960, a charter member of the American Football League. The Chargers moved to San Diego, California in 1961, changing their name to the San Diego Chargers. In 2017, the Chargers relocated back to Los Angeles. The Chargers' first draft selection was Monty Stickles, an end from the University of Notre Dame. The team's most recent first round selection was Jason Verrett, a cornerback from Texas Christian University. The Chargers have selected the number one overall pick in the draft once. They have also selected the second overall pick three times. The University of Tennessee and the University of Texas are tied for the most players chosen by the Chargers from one university, with three selections each.
Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.
|^||Indicates the player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.|
|*||Selected number one overall|
|†||Indicates the player was selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.|
|—||The Chargers did not draft a player in the first round that year.|
|Year||Each year links to an article about that particular NFL Draft.|
|Pick||Indicates the number of the pick within the first round|
|Position||Indicates the position of the player in the NFL|
|College||The player's college football team|
- On August 15, 1967, the Chargers traded quarterback Steve Tensi to the Denver Broncos for the #4 overall pick in the 1968 Draft and #9 overall pick in the 1969 Draft.
- On June 23, 1971 The Chargers traded the #11 overall pick in the 1972 NFL draft to the Green Bay Packers for defensive tackle Kevin Hardy.
- "San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers Draft History". Pro-Football-Reference. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
- Alder, James. "NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection". About.com. Retrieved 2014-09-18.