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How Tom Telesco Uses Mock Drafts

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco explains the role of mock drafts in his draft prep.

Everyone loves mock drafts.

But more importantly, how does the Chargers General Manager feel about them? He was asked that very question when he met with the media on Wednesday to deliver his pre draft press conference, and his answer was both interesting and informative.

“Some of these guys, this is all they do and they talk to a lot of people.  I think a couple of guys really work at it really well.  They watch tape and give opinions.  This is all an opinion based business.  As we get closer to the end I will look at them to try and see where people think people are going.  If I talk to other people in the league no one is going to be honest with you, so I’ll always look at it.  I think it’s good, constructive conversations on different guys.  A lot of our conversations right now are determining who we think will be there.  If we take this guy in the first round do we think we can get so-and-so in the second round?  There are some mock drafts I think (that) are totally off base, but some of them are pretty accurate.  So you pick and choose.  There are a lot more now than there used to be certainly.  But it’s good for thought.  You only have a very short amount of time when you’re on the clock to make a decision, so our meetings the last couple weeks (has been) trying to determine if this situation happens, what are we going to do?  Because we’re not going to decide that on draft day.  We’ll decide that beforehand.  So it’s good constructive information to go through so I use a couple here and there.”

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