Mailbag: The Chargers' Secret Draft Weapon

Q: Why are the Chargers so dang good with undrafted guys? – K. Bown

A: It’s truly the team’s secret draft weapon! At least one undrafted player has made the Chargers’ final 53-man roster for 21 straight years, which is the longest active streak in the NFL.  We’re also talking about the likes of Kris Dielman, Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates, Jahleel Addae, Tyrell Williams and so on.  All the credit goes to the team’s scouting department.  It’s easy to hit on a first round guy.  Finding those late-round and undrafted gems takes the most talent and skill, so kudos to them.  The Bolts currently have 61 players on the roster with 24 hours to go until the draft starts.  If they make no trades over the three-day span, they'll select seven players, meaning the Chargers are primed to add 22 players as undrafted free agents. If you’re a betting man, it’s safe to assume one of them will make an impact in 2018.

Q:  What game are you looking forward to the most now that the schedule is official? – Peter Koslov

A: Week 1 at home against the Kansas City Chiefs….and it’s not even close.  If you want to make a statement, what better way than against the reigning AFC West champs the past two seasons who have had the Bolts’ number the last four years?  This obviously won’t be a make or break game for either team as there will still be 15 weeks remaining, but the schedule sure is starting off with a bang.

*Q:  Is this the year the Chargers draft a quarterback?  – Dominic Savicci *

 A:  This question has come into the mailbag every single week since the 2017 season ended. It’s been that way pretty much the last few years.  Naturally, General Manager Tom Telesco was asked this very question during his annual pre-draft press conference, so I’ll just share what he had to say:

“That’s a question we know we’ll get every year until we draft a quarterback. The great thing right now is that we’re very happy with Philip (Rivers). He’s our quarterback, hands down, rest assured, for this year and hopefully beyond. But we always have to have an eye on the future. That’s part of our job. There are a lot of other areas on our football team that we’d like to add to, too. That’s all part of it.”

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