The San Diego Chargers may have entered the 2013 NFL Draft with an unproven general manager and plenty of question marks, but the team has to feel good about the answers discovered over the weekend that was. Three days of picks concluded on Saturday with the Chargers making quite a haul during the entirety of the drafting process. It’s hard to argue that the team didn’t get significantly better due to the moves made by GM Tom Telesco.
Round one’s pick of D.J. Fluker is somewhat questionable, but the Bolts love his upside and think that he showed as much potential as any tackle in the 2013 class. Fluker will likely be limited to a role on the right side of the line, but Jeromey Clary has been long overdue for an upgrade. This addition will allow them to free more than $2 million in salary cap space if they choose to cut Clary. If King Dunlap proves to be a capable stopgap at left tackle, the Bolts could be much improved in the trenches.
Telesco’s day two picks were perhaps the most impressive as he landed much maligned linebacker Manti Te’o and consistent wide receiver Keenan Allen. Both of these players were given first round grades by many draft analysts which further underscores just how much value the Chargers got with this year’s class. Te’o will be a tackling machine alongside Donald Butler while Allen will be that consistent possession receiver that has been very much missing from the San Diego offense over the years. These two picks present huge value and could be immediate contributors in the coming season.
On the draft’s third and final day, the Bolts added some help on the defensive side of the ball in cornerback Steve Williams and defensive end Tourek Williams. Steve Williams was a valuable performer during his senior year and really impressed scouts during the pre-draft buildup. Tourek Williams will likely play outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme and rush the passer in situational down and distance scenarios. The final pick in round seven was a developmental quarterback in Brad Sorensen from Southern Utah who at 6’4” 229lbs. has some potential to go along with considerable arm talent.
All in all, the first draft for Telesco at the helm seems like a great deviation from years past and that’s a good thing. This Chargers team is searching for a new direction and Telesco made additions that will help fill holes on the roster while providing solid depth at the same time. Even though it was his first time making the final decision in the war room, it’s clear this wasn’t Telesco’s first rodeo when it comes to conducting a draft.