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Bolt Beat Monday Mailbag: Early draft day decisions

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 7: Offensive lineman Jordan Agasiva
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2. From the emails:

Question 1: “We can see discussion on various forums, fan pages, etc. Should we draft OT or DL? Taking under consideration this season, which coach would you trust to make a draft day decision: Lynn or Bradley and why?” Lukasz

I trust Gus Bradley to make a draft decision more than Anthony Lynn when it comes to defense. It’s clear that Bradley has a good feel for what he would like to do on the defensive side of the ball in terms of personnel. None of us predicted a larger role for Adrian Philips, or a reduced role for Jatavis Brown. He’s going to find the guy he wants for his scheme. He’s also largely responsible for the development of players like Desmond King, Trevor Williams and Tre Boston.

For what it’s worth, here are the draft selections of each of Bradley’s years in Jacksonville (Those in bold are defensive selections, while those with an *asterisk are Pro Bowlers):

2013: OT Luke Joeckel, S Johnathan Cyprien, CB Dwayne Gratz, WR Ace Sanders, RB Denard Robinson, S Josh Evans, CB Jeremy Harris, CB Demetrius McCray 

2014: QB Blake Bortles, WR Marqise Lee, *WR Allen Robinson, G Brandon Linder, CB Aaron Colvin, *LB Telvin Smith, DE Chris Smith, C Luke Bowanko, RB Storm Johnson

2015: DE Dante Fowler, RB T.J. Yeldon, OL A.J. Cann, S James Sample, WR Rashad Greene, DT Michael Bennett, WR Neal Sterling, TE Ben Koyack

2016: *CB Jalen Ramsey, LB Myles Jack, *DE Yannick Ngakoue, DL Sheldon Day, DE Tyrone Holmes, QB Brandon Allen, DE Jonathan Woodard

Of the 17 defensive players selected by Bradley in those four years, three have made it to the Pro Bowl. Of those drafted, only Ramsey has made the All-Pro team. Bradley may not have been a good head coach, but he’s got an eye for defensive talent. If that’s where the Bolts are headed in the first round, then let Bradley do his thing.

Question 2: “Tyler, how about shedding some light on who was responsible for letting Lambo go. That decision on its own was mostly responsible for no playoffs.” -Ron

I don’t need to think too hard about this answer. Tom Telesco did it for me. He even took full responsibility in this interview.

I’ve got three legitimate reasons Younghoe Koo was kept over Lambo, and one theory out of pure speculation:

  1. Lambo wasn’t automatic. He was 26-for-32 on field goals in 2017, and 0-for-3 from 50 or more yards.
  2. Koo cost less than Lambo.
  3. The fans didn’t want him. Hindsight is 20/20, but many fans, including myself, weren’t comfortable with the guy who laughed after a Raiders’ loss and blew a kick to lose to the Browns.

My fourth possible reason stems from personal sentiments at the beginning of the season. Kickers are kickers. Many come and go and fans largely don’t bat an eye. But Koo was Asian, and to this Chinese Chargers fan, that was pretty great. I wanted to buy his jersey before he made an NFL field goal. Just look at this kick:

Georgia Southern kicker Younghoe Koo nails insane trick shot

— Benito Márquez (@rayadicto10) September 17, 2017

To a Chargers team looking for any kind of support, Koo was marketable and likable. I was all for it. I was all for it…

Public appeal aside, though, this was all on Telesco.