Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: The only 3 draft steals during Tom Telesco’s tenure

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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LA Chargers Rayshawn Jenkins (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LA Chargers Rayshawn Jenkins (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

3. Rayshawn Jenkins

Rayshawn Jenkins is the third-best value selection that Tom Telesco has made as the general manager of the LA Chargers and he is not even on the team anymore. Jenkins got his chances because of injuries and he capitalized and got paid by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a result.

The Chargers drafted Jenkins in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft and his impact was not felt for quite some time. Jenkins had virtually no role on the defense in the first two seasons, getting very limited playing time and only playing special teams.

However, Derwin James was hurt to start the 2019 season and Jenkins got his chance. He was not always great, but we watched him blossom and get better and better from the 2019 season into the 2020 season.

He had some bad games late in the 2020 season, but overall, Jenkins proved his worth as an impactful defensive player in the chances he got with the Chargers.

I still would not say that he is elite, or even close to it. He is an average to slightly-above-average safety and that is one of the only steals that Telesco has had in the NFL Draft and he is not even on the team anymore!

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