Tom Telesco has been the General Manager of the San Diego Chargers since January 9th, 2013. He has put together many solid drafts since then, finding multiple starting quality players in each draft. In 2013, he drafted DJ Fluker (starting RG), Manti Te'o (starting ILB *injured), Keenan Allen (starting WR *injured). In 2014, he drafted Jason Verrett (Starting CB *injured), Jerry Attaochu (2nd string OLB), Chris Watt (last string C/G, thank God). In 2015, he traded up to select NFL Leader in rushing TDs, Melvin Gordon, Starting? ILB Denzel Perryman, Craig Mager, and Starting OLB, Kyle Emanuel.
This year, he selected Joey Bosa with the 3rd overall pick, then refused to cave in to reasonable demands, which led to the longest holdout for a rookie since the CBA. Joey Bosa has missed 4 games. Tom Telesco also picked up future star and current starter, TE Hunter Henry, Backup C Max Tuerk, 3rd string ILB Joshua Perry, Starting ILB Jatavis Brown (in the 5th round), and starting punter Drew Kaser.
On the outside, those look like very solid drafts. He has not done a good job developing later round draft picks, with 5 of his first 12 picks no longer a part of the Chargers organization. He also seems to have a knack for picking players with injury problems, as his 2013 draft class has missed a combined 32 games, his 2014 class missing 37 games, his 2015 class missing 10 games, and this years class already missing 8 games. In total, 87 games have been missed between his top 3 picks of each year's draft.
Tom Telesco is considered by some to be a "coupon god," signing some solid contributors to cheap contracts. He has also signed the likes of Derek Cox, Damnit Donald, Jacoby Jones, Orlando Franklin, and Jimmy Wilson. Derek Cox was not signed to a cheap contract, and neither was Orlando Franklin, but at least Orlando Franklin still has a chance to prove himself a quality starter in the league.
On the other hand, he has signed players like Danny Woodhead, Casey Heyward, Joe Barksdale, King Dunlap, Matt Slauson, Brandon Mebane, and Brandon Flowers, who are all starters on this Charger roster, and have all done remarkably good jobs.
It can be argued that the Chargers have a very talented roster at the top, but it's hard to say that there is much depth, especially considering the Chargers are 1-3, with 4 season ending injuries in 4 games to starters Keenan Allen, Danny Woodhead, Manti Te'o, and Jason Verrett.
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