In return, San Francisco received San Diego's No. 17 overall pick along with the Chargers' fourth-round pick (No. 117) and next year's fifth-rounder.
"Stronger than people think," NFL Media's Mike Mayock said of Gordon, citing shades of LeSean McCoy and calling the newest Charger a weapon who immediately changes the complexion of San Diego's offense.
It's a pick Philip Rivers should be happy with on a day that saw the team refuse to trade away their franchise passer. With 4.52 speed and a 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame, Gordon has the natural ability to help the Bolts return to the run-heavy attack they sported at the end of the 2013 season.
With Todd Gurley and Gordon off the board, the next question is how teams like Dallas and Arizona will address deep holes at the position later in the draft.