The San Diego Chargers selected LB Larry English from Northern Illinois with the 16th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.

In 2008, the Chargers finished 8-8 in the regular season, finishing in first place in the AFC West. They won one playoff game before losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

The Chargers have used five of their last six first round selections on defensive players, including in 2008, when they selected Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason.
- The Chargers traded the 15th pick in the 2nd round (47th overall) along with a 2008 5th-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2008 3rd-round pick on April 27, 2008.