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Chargers’ All-Draft Team under GM Tom Telesco

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 07: Brad Sorenson #4 of the San Diego Chargers passes against the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium on August 7, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 07: Brad Sorenson #4 of the San Diego Chargers passes against the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium on August 7, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 29: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 29: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Defense

Corner (2)

CB1: Jason Verrett, TCU

CB2: Desmond King, Iowa

Verrett was the best corner the Chargers ever had under Telesco, but rarely saw the field in his final seasons with the team. King, however, is only growing as a player, garnering All-Pro recognition as both a defensive back and as a returner.

Linebacker (4)

OLB: Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

MLB: Denzel Perryman, Miami

MLB: Jatavis Brown, Akron

OLB: Uchenna Nwosu, USC

Attaochu came and went with a flash, appearing to be ready to take over at outside linebacker following a 55-tackle, six-sack 2015 campaign but following it up with just 18 tackles and two sacks in his next two years. Perryman just re-signed a two-year deal to return with the team, and is the best pure middle linebacker on the team when on the field. Brown has quietly built a nice career for himself, notching 249 total tackles and 4.5 sacks, both numbers that exceed that of Perryman’s. Nwosu had his shining moment against the Baltimore Ravens, forcing a Lamar Jackson fumble that sealed the Wild Card victory for the Chargers. His role will grow in 2019.

Defensive End (2)

DE1: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

DE2: Isaach Rochell, Notre Dame

Bosa and Rochell were selected on polar opposite ends of their respective drafts, with Bosa going third overall in the first round and Rochell going 225th overall in the seventh round. Bosa is regarded as one of the best pass rushers in the league, but Rochell has developed tremendously in just two years with the team.

Interior Defensive Line (1)

Darius Philon, Arkansas

Unfortunately, Philon is no longer with the team, but he’s still the best defensive tackle Telesco has drafted (for now). His tackle for loss against the Chiefs helped the Chargers get the ball back to win the game.

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Safety (2)

SS: Derwin James, Florida State

FS: Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami

James had all the makings of an All-Pro coming out of college, but due to different needs and some poor decision-making by teams in front of the Chargers, he fell all the way to No. 17. Fine by Chargers fans! James put up 105 combined tackles, 3.5 sacks, and three interceptions in his rookie season, earning First-Team All-Pro accolades along the way. No Telesco selection has become the best at their position as fast as James has.

Jenkins is reportedly going to battle for the starting free safety position with Jaylen Watkins.

That’s the team! Some positions are clearly stronger than others, and six of those players are no longer with the Chargers. Do you agree with the list? Comment below and sound off.

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