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

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6. The 2015 Chargers draft class

Selections: Melvin Gordon, Denzel Perryman, Craig Mager, Kyle Emanuel, Darius Philon

You could make the case that this draft class is worse than the 2019 draft class but at least in this draft class the LA Chargers got a Pro Bowl player. As much as Charger fans do not like Melvin Gordon anymore, we cannot deny that he was really good when healthy with the Bolts and just two years ago we were all arguing that he was a top-five running back.

Now, trading draft capital to move up from 17 to select him at 15 is an interesting move. However, it was reported after the fact that the Houston Texans wanted Gordon at 16, so the Chargers moved up to make sure they got him.

The next best running back in that class was T.J. Yeldon, who Melvin Gordon is miles better than. I don’t like drafting a running back in the first round at all, but at least they picked a good one.

Denzel Perryman is a decent selection in the selection round. While he has had his ups and downs, he is someone who can play a lot of snaps and has had a tangible role in the defense.

The rest of the picks are bad. Craig Mager is a terrible third-round pick, Kyle Emanuel is at least still in the league, albeit not on the Chargers and Darius Philon lasted four seasons and actually had a sneaky good 2018 season.

Philon was signed by the Arizona Cardinals prior to the 2019 season but was released after he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.