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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(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Desmond King

Desmond King is also no longer with the LA Chargers. King was growing frustrated with his playing time last season and started to become a distraction for the team. As a result, the Chargers traded King to the Tennessee Titans for a sixth-round pick, which wound up being the Jaguars’ sixth-round pick.

This move was not met well by the fans but it was a great move nonetheless. Not only did the Chargers get a better pick than they would have if they got a compensatory pick if he signed elsewhere in free agency, but the team also cashed out on an asset that was diminishing.

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King is the second biggest steal that Telesco has had but that does not mean that he wasn’t playing poor down the stretch. King was one of the worst slot corners in the league statistically in 2019 and was not much better in 2020.

However, at the end of the day he does still have that one All-Pro nod to his name and for a fifth-round pick that is a really solid selection for the Bolts. Getting any sort of impact player with a sixth-round pick is huge, getting one All-Pro season is better than what most teams get.

Just think of all the fifth-round picks that the Chargers have had over the years that wound up not having any impact whatsoever. At least King had a positive impact, even if it was short-lived.

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