Tom Telesco on drafting a QB early: You never say never

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The Chargers kept their draft intentions under wraps last year, which led to some surprised reactions when they selected defensive end Joey Bosa with the third overall pick of the draft.

They have another high pick this year — No. 7 overall — and a variety of directions they could take when they are up in the first round. During an appearance on NFL Network with Andrew Siciliano, General Manager Tom Telesco wasn’t any more forthcoming about the team’s plans for that pick and didn’t rule out the possibility that the team could address the need to replace Philip Rivers at quarterback one day.

We’re very happy with Philip Rivers, and I think he’s got a number of good years left in him,” Telesco said. “We can win with Philip, and we’re happy with him. But since I’ve arrived here, we’ve always done a lot of work on the quarterbacks. You just have to. Even though we have our franchise quarterback, we always have to be looking toward the future. It’s work we’ve done every year. We’ll do work on all the quarterbacks. You never say never, you just never know in this business. We have to be prepared, whether we’re picking at No. 7 or if we trade back, it’s just hard to tell right now.”

The Chargers may have a few too many acute needs to address quarterback with their top pick, but the right mix of prospect and spot in the draft could bring Rivers’ potential successor to Los Angeles.

10 responses to “Tom Telesco on drafting a QB early: You never say never

  1. I don’t like the idea of using an early first rounder on a QB, but my gut tells me that D Watson is going to end up being really good.

  2. It’s not likely that the Charger’s will be championship contenders within the near term, so if they have a chance at 7 to get a guy they’re convinced could be the next franchise QB, they’ve go to do it. They can then trade Rivers after the draft for a bevy of picks next for season and let the rebuilding begin.

  3. I don’t follow the Chargers enough to have a good feel for how they did. But, last year they surprised when they took Bosa high. He missed some time, but had 10.5 sacks in just 12 games. If he could play 16 games and keep getting sacks at that rate, he seems like a pretty solid pick. So, I wouldn’t just automatically dismiss anyone they may pick. You have to be open to the best player available, even if it is a QB. QBs are always one play away from having their season or career ended.

  4. Telesco actually drafts well. He’s not what I would consider the best GM, because he fails in other areas, but he’s gotten some good players. I was surprised looking at his track record, because his team is such a mess in every other aspect of business:

    Melvin Ingram, Keenan Allen, Jason Verrett, D.J. Fluker, Manti Teo, Melvin Gordon. Of those, Ingram, Verrett, and Allen are good players on any team. Teo and Fluker can be starters somewhere, while not stars. We’ll see how Joey Bosa does, but he has a chance to be good after a strong rookie year. Melvin Gordon seems to have finally found his stride after a disappointing start, so we’ll see how he does further down the road.

    It’s not enough to make confident in Telesco as a GM, but he seems to have found some pretty good players in the draft. His problem is that he can’t seem to identify positions of need on his team and address them properly.

    But the most important thing here-does anyone else think he looks like Kurt Warner with those glasses on?

  5. I’m not a Chargers fan, but I’ve watched the career of Philip Rivers, and I think he’s finished. He was the reason they lost a lot of close games. They need to acquire a good young QB, and everyone in the organization knows it, even if they’re not broadcasting it. The tape doesn’t lie. I think Patrick Mahomes is the best QB in the draft, and they could trade back and still get him. They could acquire a guy like Ryan Nassib for hardly anything, or they could look into someone like Conner Cook. That’s why Telesco makes the big money. He’s the one that has to call Rivers in to his office and have that conversation. Good luck with that. Or he can pretend Philip is still the old Philip. That’s a lot easier, but that’s not what he’s getting paid to do.

  6. silvernblacksabbath says:
    Mar 17, 2017 2:29 PM
    Shannon Sharpe would agree…
    even if he did, how would anyone know. you cant understand a word marble mouth says.

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