San Diego started the day knowing that they would have a selection as high as 10th or as low as 16th in the first round of next April's draft, and a win against the Oakland Raiders did them no favors. For our benefit, Dan Kadar from Mocking the Draft has figured out the draft order for the 20 teams that will miss the 2012 playoffs and the San Diego Chargers will have the 11th overall selection.
The last time the Chargers had a pick higher than 12 was 2004, when they turned the first overall pick into Philip Rivers, Shawne Merriman and Nate Kaeding. The two times that they've had the 12th pick since, it's been the result of trades. That officially makes this the least successful season for San Diego since 2004, but gives the next Head Coach (and maybe a new General manager) the highest selection since then as well.