ESPN NFL Insider Kevin Seifert takes an interesting look at what teams are most committed to building their rosters through the draft.
Using data from ESPN Stats & Information, Seifert charts how many original draft picks each NFL team has remaining on their roster. It’s no surprise that the Green Bay Packers, led by general manager Ted Thompson, top the list with 33 players on the team’s current roster originally drafted by the Green Bay head personnel man.
Thompson covets draft picks, and rarely dabbles in free agency to fill an obvious need on his team’s roster. Signing veteran edge rusher Julius Peppers during this offseason was the exception to this rule for Thompson.
Four teams were tied behind Green Bay for second with 30 players, including Atlanta, San Francisco, Baltimore and Cincinnati.
What do all of these teams have in common? Stability -- each team is run by a personnel department that has not experienced a lot of turnover, produces winning teams and has ownership that takes a hands-off approach for the most part in letting them do their job.
The Chargers are tied for 14th with the Texans. San Diego has 26 players the team originally selected currently on the roster. San Diego had stability, with longtime general manager A.J. Smith running the show for 10 seasons before Telesco took over last year.
And like Smith, Telesco’s philosophy is to build through the draft. Telesco retained San Diego’s original draft picks in free agency by re-signing linebacker Donald Butler and safety Darrell Stuckey. And Telesco maintains that the Chargers drafted well under Smith’s watch.
With seven picks in the upcoming draft and several needs to fill, Telesco once again needs to hit on a couple impact players, adding depth to an aging roster.