Tom Telesco: Trade talks for No. 3 pick have “really slowed down”

AP

The Browns traded the second overall pick of the draft to the Eagles earlier this week and the Titans traded out of the top spot earlier this month, making this the fourth time since 1967 that each of the first two picks have been traded ahead of the selection.

In those years, the third overall pick was also traded away. According to Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco, there’s going to need to be an uptick in activity if it is going to happen this year as well.

Speaking at a pre-draft press conference on Friday, Telesco said, via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, that inquiries from other clubs about moving into the third spot in the order have “really slowed down” since the Browns and Eagles completed their trade. There were reports about the team fielding offers for the pick earlier this week.

As you’d expect, Telesco played it close to the vest in terms of who the Chargers would pick if they stay put and said they’d use “all the time allotted to us” to make the pick come Thursday. Names like Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey have been thrown around as possible selections and the Chargers would likely feel that plugging either one into their current lineup would be an upgrade over what’s currently on hand.

20 responses to “Tom Telesco: Trade talks for No. 3 pick have “really slowed down”

  1. Pats should move up to get a QB since Brady is going to get canned for 4 weeks and Jimmy G is garbage.

  2. I don’t see how the Chargers can go far wrong nabbing either Tunsil or Ramsey at 3. Those are two turn-key, Day One starters coming out so I wouldn’t be in any hurry at all to trade down if I were the Bolts.

  3. mikermiker says:
    Apr 22, 2016 3:48 PM
    Pats should move up to get a QB since Brady is going to get canned for 4 weeks and Jimmy G is garbage.
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    Ahhh, there’s nothing quite like the insecurity of a troll with Patsaphobia to get a nonrelated thread off on the wrong foot.

    Anyway, I clicked on the article to say I have a lot of respect for Rivers talent and they shouldn’t trade down unless in the process they can still get Tunsil to help keep Rivers alive. I doubt anyone has done more with less than Rivers has in the last couple of years

  4. jerry944 says:
    Apr 22, 2016 3:58 PM

    And why is brady being suspended for 4 games?..come on lets here wht?
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    I think it was something like not cooperating with the investigation and destroying evidence (his phone). Something like that.
    Did I win?

  5. “Names like Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey have been thrown around as possible selections and the Chargers would likely feel that plugging either one into their current lineup would be an upgrade over what’s currently on hand.”

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    Plugging anyone from the draft will be an upgrade over what the chargers have outside of Rivers and Keenan Allen

  6. Tunsil is hands down best player in the draft so if for some reason Chargers dont want him they should trade down get an extra pick and the person they do want

  7. O-line has been a problem for some time now for the Chargers. Even at his age Rivers is still playing at a high level and has done so with patchwork o-lines and guys playing out of position. Just imagine him with a healthy line providing adequate protection. Tunsil is the pick IMO.

  8. scrp2 said:”
    For those who don’t know who Tom Telesco is, we don’t either.”

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    I know exactly who Telesco is, and I don’t like what he has done with the Chargers one bit. Yes, overall he is much better than A.J. Smith. But at least A.J. had that one blockbuster draft day trade for Rivers. When Telesco came on, the Charger roster was a mess. The roster has improved a little bit, but still has a lot of holes. The Chargers’ roster should be much more improved than it is. It is a win now league.

    Donald Brown last year was making big bucks being a bench warmer running back. He only ended up playing, because of injuries at runningback.

    In past drafts, Telesco traded away draft picks, when the Chargers could use as many draft picks as they could get.

    Using a first round pick on a running back last year, when the had other holes on the team to fill. They had already proved that they could bring in a decent undrafted running back the previous season (Oliver).

    The Chargers have to address offensive line first for two reasons. They have to keep Rivers standing up, and they have to give last year’s first round running back holes to run through. The question is can Tunsil run block.

    If the Chargers can trade back and draft multiple impact players, it is well worth doing so. I am just not convinced that Telesco won’t find a way to screw this thing up, yet again.

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