Chargers’ best decision No. 5: Staying patient in the draft
What happened: The Chargers entered the draft looking to take a (as the results show) defensive tackle, free safety, left tackle, quarterback, and linebacker in this draft. The Chargers did not move up for any of their selections.
Why it’s a good decision: Tom Telesco’s draft strategy has undergone a complete overhaul, shifting from three straight move ups in the draft to none in the past four. What did it net him this year: a great starting defensive tackle, a steal-of-the-draft free safety, linebackers with immediate impact potential and a possible gem defensive tackle later on.
If Jerry Tillery was the team’s last remaining player available with a first-round grade, it’s a great selection at No. 28. Being able to sit and get the perfect compliment to Derwin James all the way at 60 is even better. The Chargers did well with their seven selections, and have one of the stronger draft classes this year.
Chargers’ best decision No. 4: Releasing Jahleel Addae
What happened: The Chargers released free safety Jahleel Addae after six seasons with the team.
Why it’s a good move: Addae was forced to play a position that clearly did not suit his skill set, often looking out of sorts and in no spot to make a play. It was a rough year for No. 37, and the Chargers had no choice but to let him go.
Not only was this a good move for the Bolts, but the subsequent addition of Nasir Adderley immediately makes Addae’s release seem like a stroke of genius. One of the team’s three biggest weaknesses turns into one of their greatest strengths.