Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: The biggest draft busts of the Tom Telesco era

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4. Jerry Tillery, 2019, Pick 28

The 2019 draft class was looking really rough for the LA Chargers but the team has some pieces emerge as legitimate contributors to the roster. Nasir Adderley really blossomed in year three in Brandon Staley's scheme and is a valuable safety to have. Drue Tranquill is a very good special teams player who adds value to the defense and there is the potential of Trey Pipkins finally getting a chance to start.

The rest of the draft is still pretty bad and that includes Jerry Tillery. Tillery has gotten ample playing time over the years being a first-round pick and has never lived up to the expectations when the Chargers picked him 28th overall.

I don't think anyone was expecting Tillery to be a world-eater but there were expectations for a better career than this so far. While he has made improvements, Tillery is still a one-dimensional player that is borderline unusable against the run and he does not make up for it with elite pass-rushing abilities, he is merely average for an interior defensive lineman.

The Chargers just recently denied the fifth-year option on Tillery's contract for the 2023 season, making the 2022 season a big one that is potentially Tillery's last with the team. The Chargers do not have much salary-cap space next offseason and Tillery probably isn't someone who the team is going to line up to pay.

Four mediocre years as a first-round pick definitely is enough to land himself on this list. If he has a really bad 2022 campaign then he probably could climb higher.

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