There has been plenty of get excited about in the rebuilding effort that new San Diego Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco is undertaking in his first year with the franchise. The team has added some low-key pieces to improve an offense that has been taking steps backwards over the past two seasons. The NFL Draft is the key piece to this rebuild puzzle however, and unfortunately the cloud of the former regime still haunts the team in that area.
The league awarded compensatory picks for the upcoming draft and as anticipated, the Bolts got none. Former GM A.J. Smith’s worthless spending spree last offseason put the team in the position of having added more players than they lost. Despite losing one of the biggest impact signings on the market a year ago in Vincent Jackson, the Bolts end up getting nothing in return for their loss.
This announcement was one that Telesco and company could have seen coming, and they will still have their seven allotted choices in each round next month. The fact that there will be no additional ammunition, however, makes it that much more important that the Bolts maximize the selections that they have and find immediate impact players.
Although the team has done a nice job in free agency thus far, don’t be surprised if San Diego dabbles with another veteran or two as the draft nears or perhaps right away the selection festivity concludes. There will be plenty of quality veteran talent without a team looking for work soon and any remaining roster deficiencies could be addressed that way.
While the cloud of the previous regime in San Diego looms over the lack of compensatory picks for the Bolts, the team still has to be optimistic about the direction they are heading in. Tom Telesco is changing the culture and adding players that he believes can be the building blocks for winning over the coming years. Fans should look forward rather than backward even with the disappointment of zero compensatory selections in the upcoming draft.