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The 2021 NFL Draft is less than a week away and we are in full-blown draft coverage here at Bolt Beat. Not only are we previewing what the LA Chargers might be doing in the 2021 NFL Draft but we are looking back at previous drafts as well.
Last year was a massive success for the Chargers. While the late-round picks are still up in the air, the Chargers brought in two successful first-round picks. Justin Herbert had the greatest rookie season in NFL history and Kenneth Murray is a really exciting inside linebacker with a ton of potential.
Overall, though, the Chargers have not been that great at drafting in recent years. There is a reason why the Chargers have only made the playoffs twice since Tom Telesco was hired in 2013, one of which was in his first season as he inherited someone else’s roster.
There have been some big draft picks but there have been a lot of misses as well. I have already broken down in a previous article why Telesco’s draft resume is overrated. The guy has not been a good drafter.
A good example is the lack of draft steals for the LA Chargers.
Heading into the draft I wanted to do an extensive list of the best steals that the LA Chargers have taken in the eight years since Telesco has been GM. However, when you really look at it, there are only three true steals that Telesco has selected.
The true value of a GM is what they do when the decision is not so easy (like it was when selecting Herbert). In those situations, Telesco has not been great.
Nonetheless, let’s look at the positives. Here are the only three draft steals in the 53 selections that Telesco has made.