Chargers Draft

Tom Telesco’s draft patterns over six years with the Chargers

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 04: Justin Jones #27 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts after a play against the Clemson Tigers walks during their game at Carter Finley Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 04: Justin Jones #27 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts after a play against the Clemson Tigers walks during their game at Carter Finley Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Justin Jones #91 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Justin Jones #91 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tom Telesco draft pattern: Never selecting an interior defensive lineman in the first two rounds

Theory it supports: The Chargers could take IDL in the third round

Theory it works against: The Chargers could take IDL in the first or second round (first most likely)

This one might have bigger implications. As of right now, Telesco has never taken an interior defensive lineman with a first or second round selection, with his earliest being Justin Jones in the third round of the 2018 draft. He has used trench picks on the offensive line and the defensive line, but never for a defensive tackle.

This would support a popular theory that the Chargers could find their man in the third round or later, whether that be Renell Wren or Trysten Hill, for example. It would work against the idea that the Bolts could be pursuing a guy like Dexter Lawrence, Jerry Tillery, or even Christian Wilkins with an early selection.

Tom Telesco draft pattern: Taking three players in a row from the same side of the ball in his last two drafts

Theory it supports: ?

The Chargers have used their first three selections to address the same side of the ball in both the 2017 and 2018 draft, going WR-OL-OL and S-LB-DL in each, respectively. Does it make a difference when trying to predict what Telesco will do this year? Maybe not. But if he follows this pattern, and goes defensive line in the first round, he could very well go linebacker and safety in the following two. Food for thought.

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