Chargers' 5 biggest draft busts under GM Tom Telesco
By Jason Reed
Biggest Chargers draft busts under Tom Telesco: 2. Forrest Lamp, 38th pick in 2017
The 2017 NFL Draft looked to be Tom Telesco's best shortly after the final pick was announced. Quite frankly, of all the draft classes under Telesco, this year's draft received the most praise directly after as it appeared that the team truly landed some standout players later than they were expected to go.
Don't get it wrong, fans always tend to overrate draft classes immediately in the aftermath and 2017 was no different. That being said, this draft looked to be legitimately special and landing Forrest Lamp with the 38th overall pick was the main reason why.
Lamp was projected by just about every draft analyst to be a first-round pick. Heck, ESPN's Jeff Legwold ranked Lamp as the eighth-best prospect in the entire draft. Landing someone who people believe to be a top-10 prospect in the second round is incredible work.
Unfortunately, injuries and a move inside to guard derailed Lamp's career before it could ever get started. He did not play at all in his rookie year, played just two games in year two and played seven games in year three. After three seasons in the league, Lamp had only two starts under his belt.
He was finally healthy in 2020 with a chance to earn his spot in the NFL, starting all 16 games for the Bolts in Herbert's rookie year. Lamp was a big part of the team's offensive line woes that season, performing like one of the worst guards in the league.
He signed with the Saints as a depth piece in 2021, got hurt again before the 2022 season, and is currently without a team.