1. Jerry Tillery
Jerry Tillery was an extremely disappointing rookie after being selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the LA Chargers. In fact, Tillery was so disappointing in his rookie season that he might already be Tom Telesco’s worst first-round pick in the eyes of some fans.
There is no denying that Tillery was a letdown of a pick. Despite appearing in 15 games, he only played in 36 percent of the defensive snaps and had a total of 17 combined tackles with two sacks. It made it worse that Tillery was a bit of a surprise pick, showing that the Chargers were high on him and he did not deliver.
The biggest downfall of Tillery heading into the draft was the fact that while he had some really good tape at Notre Dame, he also had the tendency to disappear in certain games and not make much of an impact, which we saw in 2019.
However, while his rookie season was not spectacular, let’s stop acting like the ship as sailed on Tillery. This is not true of all Charger fans but there is the narrative that Tillery is a bust which simply is not fair after just one year in the league.
He still has a lot of potential as a pass-rushing defensive tackle and if he gets more snaps alongside Linval Joseph he could benefit from the better matchups presented to him and start to have those big games that we saw at Notre Dame.
Do you know who else looked like a bust early on? Melvin Ingram. Ingram recorded a combined two sacks in his first two seasons with the Chargers, but the switch to defensive end turned him into the player he is today.
Heck, even Mike Williams was getting bust comments as he seemingly could not stay healthy early in his career.
Don’t give up on or overlook Jerry Tillery. It is far too soon for that.