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LA Chargers: Predicting Tom Telesco’s wildcard pick in the 2020 NFL Draft

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Tom Telesco general manager of the Los Angeles Chargers is seen at the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Tom Telesco general manager of the Los Angeles Chargers is seen at the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The 2020 NFL Draft is now just days away. With that, let’s take a look at some potential wildcard picks for the LA Chargers.

At some point or another in this draft, LA Chargers fans will be surprised. It happens every year and it seems like something general manager Tom Telesco takes pride in. He really keeps things close to his chest; mock drafts, in general, are just guesses but that has been especially true with the Chargers throughout Telesco’s tenure. This article will be my attempt at trying to predict who some of those wildcard picks might be.

I am going to preface this by saying that I have no inside sources on this matter, I am just guessing like everyone else. While all of us on the outside can look at this roster and assume which positions need to be addressed, Telesco and his front office likely feel a different way. This was proven last year when they took Jerry Tillery in the first round and not an offensive tackle.

That being said, Telesco has been the Chargers general manager long enough that patterns have emerged. He has taken at least one offensive and defensive linemen in every draft, something that his mentor Bill Polian did every year as well.

He almost always takes the best players available in the second and third rounds, regardless of potentially creating a log jam at that particular position like when he took Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney in back to back rounds or having an established veteran in front of him such as was the case with Nasir Adderly, Hunter Henry and Keenan Allen.

Finally, he’ll take at least one swing on an upside player in every draft like he did with Trey Pipkins, Desmond King, or Max Tuerk. These three tendencies can serve us as a starting point in predicting where he will really surprise us come draft day.

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