As the 2019 NFL Draft approaches, let’s take a look back and hand out some hardware to six years of Tom Telesco drafts…
The Los Angeles Chargers are headed into their seventh draft under general manager Tom Telesco, with it feeling like just yesterday he was trading up to select Manti Te’o in 2013. Telesco opened his GM career with two straight bad drafts, one “meh” draft, and three solid-to-great ones. Along the way, he’s had some great and terrible selections, and made many decisions that have both made the team a bottom-dwelling loser and a playoff-bound contender. With the draft approaching, let’s hand out some hardware to those picks: The Tom Telesco Draft Awards.
The nominees: Craig Mager (CB), Chris Watt (C/G), Max Tuerk (C)
Ahh, the third round. Telesco teased us with a home run in Keenan Allen in his first year, then proceeded to draft three straight busts. Tuerk is the only one to never play a single regular season snap with the team, failing to do anything in the attempt to recover from his ACL injury. Never seeing the field does put him on this list by default, but he was more of a gamble pick that could have paid off big, as he would have been one of the best centers in the draft if not for his injury. This one comes down to Mager and Watt, reaches so big they could have reached Qualcomm from Carson. This one is tough, but someone has to win.
Winner: Craig Mager