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Draft History: Tight Ends

Posted Apr 12, 2012

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

Player: Pete Holohan
Drafted: 1981, seventh round (189th overall)
School: Notre Dame
Career with Chargers: One of the leading pass-catchers of the Don Coryell/Dan Fouts era behind Charlie Joiner, Kellen Winslow and Wes Chandler, Holohan thrived in the two-tight end, downfield offense. Holohan finished second on the team to Joiner with 56 catches and 734 yards in ’84, averaging 13.1 yards per catch. He played 90 games for San Diego, catching 171 passes for 2,073 yards before finishing his career elsewhere.

Player: Eric Sievers
Drafted: 1981, fourth round (107th overall)
School: Maryland
Career with Chargers: A near mirror of Holohan’s career, Sievers was option 2B for the Chargers at tight end behind Winslow. Perhaps the best run-blocker of the three, Sievers played 97 games for San Diego, catching 152 passes for 1,793 yards and 16 touchdowns. Like Holohan, he bounced around the NFL the final few seasons of his career.

Player: Kellen Winslow
Drafted: 1979, first round (13th overall)
School: Missouri
Career with Chargers: A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Chargers Hall of Fame, Winslow also earned a spot on the NFL’s 75th-Anniversary All-Time Team, was a first-team All-Pro selection on three occasions, and is a member of the Chargers’ 50th-Anniversary All-Time Team. Winslow is third in franchise history with 541 career catches behind Charlie Joiner and Antonio Gates. The five-time Pro Bowler is one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history and helped Coryell revolutionize the passing game as a 6-foot-5, 250-pound downfield threat. Winslow caught at least 88 passes for 1,075 yards in three different seasons and finished his career with 45 touchdown catches.



OTHER DRAFTED TIGHT ENDS
Year Player Round Drafted School
2010 Dedrick Epps 7th (235 overall) Miami
2007 Scott Chandler 4th (129)

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2004 Ryan Krause 6th (169) Nebraska-Omaha
2002 Justin Peele 4th (103) Oregon
1999 Steve Heiden 3rd (69) South Dakota State
1997 Freddie Jones 2nd (45) North Carolina
1996 Brian Roche 3rd (81) San Jose State
1994 Aaron Laing 5th (137) New Mexico State
1992 Deems May 7th (174) North Carolina
1991 Duane Young 5th (123) Michigan State
1990 Derrick Walker 6th (163) Michigan
1989 Pat Davis 9th (231) Syracuse
1987 Rod Bernstine 1st (24) Texas A&M
1985 Bret Pearson 12th (329) Wisconsin
1978 Charles Price 10th (264) Cincinnati
1977 Jim Stansik 12th (319) Eastern Michigan
1976 Ron Singleton 4th (113) Grambling
1975 Charles Waddell 5th (125) North Carolina
1974 Dave Grannell 11th (261) Arizona State
Greg Meczka 15th (386) Bowling Green
1973 James Thaxton 4th (84) Tennessee State
Gary Parris 15th (372) Florida State
1972 Jim Bishop 5th (116) Tennessee Tech
John Turner 11th (270) Long Beach State
1971 John Tanner 9th (221) Tennessee Tech
Gary Nowak 10th (247) Michigan State
1970 Bill Maddox 4th (94) Syracuse
Howard Gravelle 12th (302) UC Davis
1969 Willie Norwood 11th (278) Alcorn A&M
1968 William Perry 5th (129) Kent State
Dan Andrews 17th (453) West Texas State
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