- 2013: Steve Williams, Cornerback, California
- 2014: Ryan Carrethers, Nose Tackle, Arkansas State
- 2015: Kyle Emanuel, Defensive End, North Dakota State
- 2016: Jatavis Brown, Linebacker, Akron
- 2017: Desmond King, Safety, Iowa
MVP: Desmond King. Draft steal, excellent as a tackler and in coverage
LVP: Ryan Carrethers. Beaten out by every other NT on the roster, despite talent
Why it’s ranked first:
This is Telesco’s money round, finding draft gems on the third day of the draft.
Outside of possibly Carrethers, there aren’t any real busts on this list. Steve Williams had a legitimate shot at a starting role, and showed some flashes, but just never made it with the team. His highlight year was 2015, in which he forced two fumbles and intercepted the ball twice.
The last three seasons have shown that Telesco can find solid players in this round that are not only great contributors, but starters. Kyle Emanuel may not be an elite player, but he does a legitimately good job setting the edge and working against the run. He’s carved out a good role for himself, and that’s to be commended.
Brown is a superstar talent, and in 2016 was making a case for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Whether due to scheme change or odd personnel decisions, though, the second year pro from Akron didn’t see much starting time in 2017. The guy has so much natural talent that I can’t imagine him not finding himself again in year three. If I’m wrong, however, this round drops a bit. But I think he’ll figure it out, he’s just too good. Unless he has an awful year in 2018, Brown is still a draft steal with huge value points.
Desmond King is one of my favorite young players on this team, and that’s after only one season with the Chargers.
Desmond King was the 20th CB drafted and finished 3rd in overall grade among the rookie CB class! Why did he outperform so many drafted above him? Take a look:https://t.co/uOK8Ehqs1C pic.twitter.com/KDY0jY6oAa
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 17, 2018
To be the 20th corner taken, make an immediate impact, and play like a rookie of the year candidate is phenomenal. He’s a top-15 corner at his position, and covers very well. Like defensive stops? He’ll give you those too:
That being said, if you’ve come this far, I’ve been lying to you. This isn’t Telesco’s best round; THIS is his best round…