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Michael Vick, LaDainian Tomlinson

April 20, 2001

Chargers trade the first pick in the draft to the Falcons for the fifth pick in the first round, the fifth pick in the third, a future second-round pick and receiver Tim Dwight

In what turned out to be a stroke of brilliance, the Chargers dealt the top pick that Atlanta used to take Michael Vick and wound up with the greatest runner of his era, LaDainian Tomlinson (at No. 5), along with cornerback Tay Cody and wide receivers Reche Caldwell and Dwight. The cherry on top for the Chargers came with the first pick in the second round when another QB, Purdue's Drew Brees, came into the fold.

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