Round 2, Pick 50—Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB
One of the reasons San Diego's defense struggled last year was because of it lacked a pass rush. Outside linebackers Melvin Ingram and Dwight Freeney got hurt, and the Chargers struggled without them.
The entire defense was better once Ingram returned from injury late in the season. That's no accident.
Freeney is 34 and coming off a torn quad, so the Chargers don't really know how good he will be. It's also the final year of his contract and there isn't anyone pushing for his spot.
Enter Attaochu at 6'3" and 252 pounds. The Chargers moved up to get Attaochu, which was a great move, even at the expense of their fourth-round pick.
"He (was) the last of the true 3-4 outside linebackers in this draft," NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock said after he was drafted. "Attaochu can play inside or outside or with his hand in the dirt. I love his motor, and he makes plays everywhere."
Attaochu is a home run for Telesco and the Chargers.
Round 3, Pick 89—Chris Watt, OG
Right guard Jeromey Clary has been a whipping boy of Chargers fans for years now. Even when the team replaced him at right tackle, he found a new home at right guard and continued to drive the fans crazy with his play.
Now, Clary's days on the roster may be numbered. At $6.3 million in salary, Clary is far too expensive to even be on the roster when the Chargers can save $4.6 million by cutting him. They now also have a good alternative to take over his guard spot.
At 6'3" and 310 pounds, Watt is a decent size for a zone-blocking guard. He's got a nasty demeanor, he's a technician and he should be a Day 1 starter for the Chargers.
NFL.com's draft profile on Watt has this to say about him:
Good-sized, physical, competitive, bump-and-steer technician with starter-caliber ability in multiple schemes. Has a desirable temperament for the position and is a projectable, low-risk prospect.
Goodbye, Clary. We knew you too well.
Round 5, Pick 165—Ryan Carrethers, NT
As nose tackle like Carrethers isn't going to be an every-down player. That's okay because that's not his role.
Carrethers is a space-eater responsible for stuffing the run and forcing teams to run laterally. He primarily does one thing, but he can do it well. At 6'1" and 337 pounds, he'll occupy quite a bit of space in the middle.
No, he isn't an elite athlete for his size, and he doesn't have long arms. But Carrethers is strong, having benched 225 pounds 32 times at the combine.
A good nose tackle is essential in San Diego if inside linebackers Manti Te'o and Donald Butler are going to be impact players. In the fifth round, Carrethers was well worth the pick.
Round 7, Pick 240—Tevin Reese, WR
While Reese is small at 5'10" and 163 pounds, he's also explosive. At the combine, Reese ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, but he had a 41" vertical jump and a broad jump of 11'0". Reese is also fluid, as evidenced by his 6.63-second three-cone drill time.
That kind of athleticism is worth a seventh-round pick more often than not. The Chargers can use Reese as a gadget player initially and eventually as a slot guy along the lines of Eddie Royal.
Reese athleticism alone makes him worth developing, even if it takes some time.