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

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Manti Te'o
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2. Manti Te'o, 2013, pick 38

Manti Te'o was one of the most polarizing college players in recent memory and was certainly one of the most famous. Even before the fake girlfriend situation, Te'o was a household name for every college football fans as one of the best linebackers in the nation.

The Chargers seemingly got a steal in Te'o when they selected him with the 38th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. If Te'o panned out and followed up all of the potential that he showed in college then the selection would have been one of the best of Telesco's career.

However, Te'o never really amounted to anything with the Chargers and his NFL career as a whole fell flat. He did extend his career as a member of the New Orleans Saints but for the most part, he became an answer to a football trivia question more than anything else.

Like others on this list, Te'o lasted just his rookie contract with the Chargers as the team did not opt to re-sign him after his fourth year in the league. Te'o did start 34 games in those four years but he was not particularly impressive.

The 2015 season was his best year as he recorded 83 combined tackles, which was a career-high. However, he was not that great in coverage, wasn't a gamechanger in stopping the run and did not get to the quarterback much at all.

Te'o tore his Achilles in the third game of the 2016 season and that essentially ended his career with the Bolts.

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