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Draft History: Safeties

Posted Apr 10, 2012

SAN DIEGO – As we begin our preview of the safeties available in the 2012 NFL Draft, here’s a look at players the Chargers have drafted at the position.

Player: Eric Weddle
Position: FS
Drafted: 2007, second round (37th overall)
School: Utah
Career with Chargers: Weddle’s production during his first five NFL seasons make for a tidy upward line graph, with a steepened angle in 2011. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound ball hawk made a team-best seven interceptions last season despite limited opportunities as quarterbacks often threw away from him. Weddle also finished third on the team with 93 tackles, made his first Pro Bowl appearance and earned first-team All-Pro. Weddle has 64 starts, 413 tackles and 14 interceptions for the Chargers.

Player: Rodney Harrison
Position: SS
Drafted: 1994, fifth round (145th overall)
School: Western Illinois
Career with Chargers: Perhaps the most feared safety in team history, Harrison made the Pro Bowl twice and was All-Pro once in San Diego. In nine seasons as a Charger, Harrison made 759 tackles, 26 interceptions, 21.5 sacks, forced six fumbles and recovered four. Named Defensive Player of the Year by his teammates in 1996 and ’97, Harrison made 257 tackles and seven interceptions in those two seasons alone, and became the first player to score touchdowns on a fumble return, interception return and kickoff return in the same season. A special teams stud on the Chargers’ 1994 AFC Championship team, Harrison is a member of the franchise’s 50th-Anniversary All-Time Team.

Player: Stanley Richard
Position: FS
Drafted: 1991, first round (9th overall)
School: Texas
Career with Chargers: Known as “The Sheriff,” Richard was San Diego’s starting free safety during the franchise’s only Super Bowl appearance. Richard also was second on the team in tackles to Junior Seau between 1991-94. The highest ever overall draft selection for a Chargers safety, Richard started 60 regular-season games for San Diego before signing with Washington as a free agent in ’95. He made 294 tackles and 10 interceptions for the Bolts.


OTHER DRAFTED SAFETIES
Year Player Position Round Drafted School
2010 Darrell Stuckey SS 4th (110 overall) Kansas
2009 Kevin Ellison

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6th (189)

USC

2003 Terrence Kiel S 2nd (62) Texas A&M
Hanik Milligan FS 6th (161) Oregon
2001 Robert Carswell FS 7th (244) Clemson
2000 Rogers Beckett S 2nd (43) Marshall
1993 Eric Castle FS 6th (161) Oregon
1992 James Fuller S 8th (201) Portland State
1991 Floyd Fields S 5th (127) Arizona State
1988 Wendell Phillips S 12th (324) North Alabama
1986 Matt Johnson S 5th (133) USC
Jeff Sprowls S 12th (320) BYU
Mike Travis S 12th (333) Georgia Tech
1985 Jeff Dale S 2nd (55) LSU
1983 Billy Blalock S 12th (314) Tennessee Tech
1982 Andre Young S 10th (273) Louisiana Tech
Anthony Watson S 11th (299) New Mexico
1980 Bob Gregor S 4th (108) Washington State
1979 Al Green S 10th (269) LSU
Frank Duncan S 12th (321) San Francisco State
1977 Pete Shaw S 6th (152) Northwestern
1976 Ron Lee S 12th (322) Oregon
1974 Danny Colbert S 9th (210) Tulsa
1971 Bryant Salter S 5th (115) Pittsburgh
1970 Chris Fletcher S 9th (223) Temple
1968 Jim Hill S 1st (18) Texas A&M
1966 Joe Beauchamp S 6th (53) Iowa State
1964 Willie Brown S 6th (48) USC
Kenny Graham S 13th (104) Washington State
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