Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: Ranking all 8 of Tom Telesco’s draft classes

Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

7. The 2019 Chargers draft class

Selections: Jerry Tillery, Nasir Adderley, Trey Pipkins, Drue Tranquill, Easton Stick, Emeke Egbule, Cortez Broughton

There is still plenty of time for this draft class to play better and move up this list, so this spot is not set in stone like the 2014 draft class is. However, when you look at all of the draft classes, it is impossible to rank 2019 higher than any other class.

Jerry Tillery might be the worst first-round pick that Telesco has made thus far. Verrett was injury prone but at least he had one Pro Bowl season and had obvious potential. Tillery has been a huge miss and the rest of the draft class has not been great, either.

Nasir Adderley finally got a chance to start in 2020 and has been downright awful. It has gotten to the point where he has been an actual liability on defense. To be fair, he did not really have a rookie season and did not have a preseason in year two, but he really has to turn it around in year three.

Trey Pipkins is a developmental tackle that has not developed yet and is not showing any signs of actually developing. Drue Tranquill is the best pick of this draft, but let’s be honest, at this point he is just a breakout candidate.

We all got excited about how good Tranquill could be in 2020. He got hurt and we did not get to see him. Let’s not confuse potential with established talent.

Easton Stick in the fifth round was a terribly wasted draft selection and I will never live that down. They wasted legitimate draft capital on a third-string quarterback that is rarely active. Emeke Egbule and Cortez Broughton have been absolute non-factors.

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