Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs after a reception during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Draft is Head of the Class


NFL.com has been releasing their mid-season awards and the San Diego Chargers were on top of the list for their 2013 draft class. The trio of D.J. Fluker, Manti Te’o and Keenan Allen have been huge for this year’s team. A lot of props have to go out to Tom Telesco and his team of scouts. Telesco made sure to bring in top tier talent in this draft and his selections look like a success so far.

Here is the note from NFL.com:

The Chargers drafted three players who have made serious contributions as rookies, beginning with offensive tackleD.J. Fluker (drafted in the first round, 11th overall). From Day 1, Fluker has started for an offensive line that has been much better than it was prior to his arrival, leading to a stronger ground game and increased protection for Philip Rivers. In a resurgent season, San Diego’s quarterback has been sacked just 11 times through seven games; that projects to 25 sacks on the season, which would be about half as many as Rivers endured in 2012 (49).

Thanks to a foot injury, Manti Te’o (second round, 38th overall) got off to somewhat of a slow start. However, since making his first appearance in Week 4, the linebacker has added something to San Diego’s run defense, showing he can play in space. And as for first-year pros helping Rivers, Fluker isn’t the only one: Keenan Allen (third round, 76th overall) has 399 receiving yards, third-most among rookies. Allen has come on especially strong lately, leading all receivers with 107 yards in the Bolts’ big Week 7 win over Indianapolis.

Can we look forward to these type of draft classes in the future? If Tom Telesco is able to bring this tupe of talent in his drafts, then we will have a very talented tem for years to come. Allen, Fluker and Te’o all will be starters at their positions for the next few years. Other players in the draft should be able to contribute on the depth chart soon. Steve Williams is out for this season, but he should be a nice part of the secondary next season. Tourek Williams will get more experience and should be able to provide some situational pass rush in the future and Brad Sorensen will likely be the number 2 guy on the roster soon.

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Crazy to think in his first year TT had the best draft of 32 teams, gotta love that. A writer on bleacher report today did a 1st round re-draft and he said Fluker should have been drafted #4 and KA at #11, That’s awesome.

    • boltingindiego

      saw that too. Im just glad that this years draft has contributed early for our new regime.

  • Ioane

    Steve Williams would of been a guarantees starter for us too if he didn’t get hurt. TT had a great draft. I can’t wait to see what he does next year. We need pass rushers and the Colts had two of the best in the league in Freeney and Mathis.

    I have faith that TT will find us a very good pass rusher in the coming draft.

    Keep up the great work Mr. Telesco.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Maybe he already has, and Tourek just needs time to get up to speed.. lol. I know it’s a long shot, but maybe ; )

      • decline

        Tourek impressed the heck out of Jarret Johnson and Freeney during the offseason, they feel he’s a natural pass rusher, just the subtle nuances of how he executes lets them know the kid will be a force in the future. So no it’s not maybe, it’s just a matter of when.

  • Bill Nichols

    In Tom Telesco we trust. Yeah baby. Bolt Up!!

  • Joel Ayala

    We have one Hell of a Core.. and after another Draft I could only imagine.Were gonna start having some better ball in the up coming years. if Only this complete Coaching staff stay together after this year. cuzi have a feeling Whiz is gonna be a hot commoditat this rate..

  • Watt

    Was this really a surprise when all three of them had a 85-86 NFL draft grade before they got drafted??

    Anyone with a grade of 85-95 were regarded as first round players and were describe as ” An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl
    player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e.
    behind a veteran starter).”

    Yall don’t know your ass from your mouth when it comes to football, remember you hated DJ, you we’re indifferent to Allen and you wish Te’o didn’t come here, ya’ll dont deserve to bask in TT’s picks, he believed, you didn’t.