The Chargers have released draft bust Larry English. Much like Mark Sanchez, he is yet another 2009 1st-round draft pick who couldn’t cut it with the team that drafted him.
The Chargers announced on Tuesday that they have released LB Larry English, who they drafted 16th overall in 2009.
“We’d like to thank Larry for his five years of dedicated service to the Chargers,” General Manager Tom Telesco said on the team’s website. “Larry always gave us everything he had on the field while making significant contributions to many deserving organizations in the San Diego community.”
In a 5 year career with the team, English made only 9 starts and recorded just 11 sacks – one less than he had in his only his Junior year of college at Northern Illinois in 2006.
English joins a growing list of 2009 1st round draft picks that have failed to make make a meaningful impact with the teams that drafted them. 10 of the top 16 draft picks from that draft have either been cut by their original team or are out of the league entirely. Most notably are QBs Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman – who are now backups after starting a combined 121 games since 2009 as well as LBs Aaron Curry and Aaron Maybin, both of whom were out of the league by 2013.