With the health status of Malcom Floyd, the lack of production from Vincent Brown, and Eddie Royal playing on the final year of his deal, the Chargers need a wide receiver. In a very deep draft that boasts 19 underclassmen at the position, Tom Telesco is sure to find his guy somewhere in the draft.
Telesco spent many years as a scout in Indianapolis before being promoted to Director of Player Personnel following the 2005 season. Let's take a look at the receivers her has drafted since then.
2007: Anthony Gonzalez & Roy Hall
This was not a good year for the Colts and receivers. Anthony Gonzalez was the team's first round pick (no. 32 overall) played in 29 games in his first 2 seasons, catching 94 passes for 1,240 years. His career was decimated by injuries however, as he only managed to play 11 games and catch 5 passes from 2009-2011.
Roy Hall was a fifth round pick (169 overall) who never got his career going. He was in the league for two years and only managed 9 receiving yards.
2008- Pierre Garcon
This is where it gets good. Garcon was a sixth round pick (205 overall) out of Mount Union. He didn't play much in his rookie season, but since 2009 has amassed 341 receptions for 4,475 yards. He had his best season by far in 2013 with 1,346 receiving yards. That is a lot of production for a sixth round pick.
2009: Austin Collie
Collie's career was off to a great start before it was derailed by injuries. He was a fourth round pick (127 overall). He caught 172 passes in his first 3 seasons before the concussion issues really took over. He has only managed to catch 7 passes in the past 2 years.
2012: T.Y. Hilton & LaVon Brazill
While Brazill (sixth round, 206 overall) has been mostly depth in his first couple of seasons, Hilton has taken off in a big way. He was selected in the third round (92 overall). His young career is off to a very good start. He has already totaled 1,944 yards after just his second season, and he stepped up in a big way when Reggie Wayne went down early in 2013. He had a breakout game in the divisional round of the playoffs, racking up 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Like Garcon, Hilton came from a small school (Florida International) proving that Tom Telesco has an eye for talent at the receiver position.
2013- Keenan Allen
The first receiver that Telesco took as a general manager was a pretty good one. Allen was a third round pick (76 overall), and even though it didn't appear that he would have much of a role in his rookie season, he essentially carried the team's receiving corps. He totaled 1,046 yards despite only 30 yards in the first 3 weeks. I don't need to sell you on #13, but he is definitely going to need some help in 2014.
So there you have it. With the exception of 2007, Tom Telesco's staff has done a phenomenal job of drafting impact players at the receiver position, especially in the third round and beyond. Here are some possible targets after day one that the Bolts could target. (Thank you, Kyle Posey, for all of your hard work on scouting reports).
Cody Latimer, Indiana
Davante Adams, Fresno St.
Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss
Josh Huff, Oregon