Chargers Draft

Ranking Tom Telesco’s draft rounds with the Chargers

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Mike Williams
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Mike Williams
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CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Drew Kaser #8 of the Los Angeles Chargers punts the ball under pressure from Terrance Smith #48 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of a game at StubHub Center on September 24, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Drew Kaser #8 of the Los Angeles Chargers punts the ball under pressure from Terrance Smith #48 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of a game at StubHub Center on September 24, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Round 6

  • 2013: Tourek Williams, Defensive End, Florida International
  • 2014: Marion Grice, Running Back, Arizona State
  • 2015: Darius Philon, Defensive Tackle, Arkansas
  • 2016: Drew Kaser, Punter, Texas A&M. AND Derek Watt, Fullback, Wisconsin
  • 2017: Sam Tevi, Tackle, Utah

MVP: Drew Kaser. Solid punter who is top three in punting average, filling the old Mike Scifres role after a rocky rookie season.

LVP: Marion Grice. Decent preseason, beaten out by an undrafted rookie. No regular-season snaps.

Why it’s ranked fifth:

Telesco seems to only have one true “miss” here, and that’s Grice. He never saw the regular season, but he was in a competition with Brandon Oliver that he ultimately lost. Oliver went on to put up an impressive 160 attempts for 582 yards and 36 catches for 271 yards, coming out of relatively nowhere to becoming a fan-favorite.

Philon has proven to be a solid contributor thus far, and Tevi appears to have a future role as a reserve player. If Philon eventually becomes a capable starter, replacing someone like Corey Liuget on the line, then the sixth round could potentially move up another spot.

Drew Kaser is the “best” player from the sixth round. As most punters are not taken in early rounds, Kaser does not have extra value just for being a late-round pick. He has, however, moved from being one of the scapegoats of the 2016 season (some of it deserved) to a legitimate weapon on special teams. Third in 2017 in punting average and fourth in net punting average is about as good as it gets, and Kaser should be commended for his improvement.

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