Hired as the team’s top personnel man in 2013, Tom Telesco has directed the Los Angeles Chargers to a 27-37 record during his tenure as general manager. Since his hire, the Chargers have made the playoffs just one time -- after his first season in 2013. Telesco received a contract extension before the start of the 2015 campaign and is signed through the 2019 season. The Chargers moved on from Telesco’s hire as a head coach in Mike McCoy after the 2016 season and brought in first-year head coach Anthony Lynn in January. In terms of the draft, Telesco has had his share of home runs and whiffs. Although this year I believe is the most talented roster under Telesco’s tenure, the Chargers still sit at 3-5 at the midpoint of the season. So what gives? With ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando doing the heavy lifting, here’s a closer look at the Chargers’ draft classes in comparison to the rest of the league. If you’re not following Sando already, you should and can do so on twitter at @SandoESPN. Sando keeps an updated database of NFL rosters. According to his research, the Chargers did not get as much production from the 2013 and 2014 draft class as the rest of the league. The Chargers have drafted two Pro Bowlers since 2013 in Jason Verrett and Melvin Gordon. That is tied for 14th. The NFL average is 2.4 The Chargers' 2013 draft picks have made 146 starts for the Bolts, which ranks 12th. The NFL average is 128. The Chargers' 2014 draft picks have made 46 starts for the team. That ranks 30th; the average is 115. Overall, Chargers' 2013-17 draft picks have played 19,822 snaps for the team, which ranks 30th. The average is 25,479.
Chargers GM Tom Telesco's draft hits and misses
ESPN | Nov 5