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2023 NFL Scouting Combine Preview: Chargers GM Tom Telesco’s testing thresholds

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Only three of the thirteen defensive backs selected by Telesco have had RAS scores under 7: 2017 fifth rounder Desmond King, whose score was heavily impacted by his smaller stature, 2020 sixth rounder Alohi Gilman, who attended Telesco’s favorite school Notre Dame, and 2021 seventh rounder Mark Webb, whose versatility outweighed his pedestrian athleticism.

Telesco’s draft tendencies at defensive back also seem to follow a general pattern by round. Both first rounders, Jason Verrett and Derwin James, had an RAS over 9.3 and jumped at least 39 inches in the vertical and 10 feet, 8 inches in the broad.

Head to the second round, and both Nasir Adderley and Asante Samuel Jr. have scores in the 7s. By the middle rounds, Telesco boomerangs back to elite athletes, selecting Craig Mager (9.81), JT Woods (9.44), and Rayshawn Jenkins (9.42). From the fifth round onward, the pattern gets much less discernable.

Chargers defensive backs also generally need to have at least average times in the shuttle. Two of the four slowest shuttle times came from 2022 picks Ja’Sir Taylor and Deane Leonard, both at 4.25 seconds, roughly 59th percentile.