Why the Chargers' 2013 Draft wasn't all that and a bag of chips

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Apr 27, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers draft picks D.J. Fluker , Manti Teo and Keenan Allen pose for a photo with their jerseys during a press conference at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 27, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers draft picks D.J. Fluker , Manti Teo and Keenan Allen pose for a photo with their jerseys during a press conference at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

We widely proclaimed the 2013 draft as an unheralded success long before the 2013 season was underway and Keenan Allen was setting rookie records or DJ Fluker was pile-driving Raiders into their dirt field. In retrospect, some of the moves were highly questionable. History will tell us that no matter how well you think you draft, it is all just an educated guessing game. There will be some gems, and there will be some busts. Looking forward to the 2014 draft, lets take a look in retrospect at the 2013 draft to see just how well TT did in his first year as general manager.

There are well-documented holes all over the Chargers’ roster: cornerback, defensive tackle, guard, safety, receiver, depth everywhere, yada yada yada. We weren’t able to really get anywhere in free agency, but, TT will surely be able maximize the talent acquisition the draft like last year and fill up those holes, right? Looking at the draft last year, the expectation for A+ draft 2.0 is not as much of a guarantee as the increasing popular phrase “In Telesco We Trust” would suggest. Let’s take a look at how the 2013 draft worked out in terms of selection position, value added, and the opportunity cost of value we let slip on by…

 

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