After listening to ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando discussing possibilities for the San Diego Chargers in the 2014 NFL draft with Mike Costa and Judson Richards of Xtra 1360 AM radio, which you can check out here, I went back and did some research.
Sando mentioned that during Chargers general manager Tom Telesco's time in Indianapolis, the earliest the Colts selected a defensive back in the past 15 years was Marlin Jackson at No. 29 in 2005.
I find that interesting, because according to ESPN Stats & Information, San Diego has drafted four defensive backs in the first round since 2002, tied for second most of any team: 2008 (Antoine Cason), 2006 (Antonio Cromartie), 2003 (Sammy Davis), 2002 (Quentin Jammer).
Now, part of the reason for Indianapolis not taking a cornerback high in the draft could have been related to Tony Dungy being there. And with the Tampa 2 defensive system, Dungy didn’t need to take a cornerback high in the draft.
But with the Chargers needing a cornerback, and several mock drafts giving a cornerback to San Diego, it’s informative to look back at Telesco’s draft history in trying to determine which way the Chargers will go if they hold onto their pick at No. 25.
Here is the list of the earliest the Indianapolis Colts drafted a defensive back during Telesco’s tenure with the team.
2012 -- None
2011 – 6th round (188), CB Chris Rucker, Michigan State
2010 – 3rd round (94), CB Kevin Thomas, USC
2009 – 3rd round (92), CB Jerraud Powers, Auburn
2008 -- None
2007 — 3rd round (95), CB Dante Hughes, California
2006 – 2nd round (62), CB Tim Jennings, Georgia
2005 – 1st round (29), S Marlin Jackson, Michigan
2004 – 2nd round (44), S Bob Sanders, Iowa
2003 – 2nd (58), S Mike Doss, Ohio State
2002 – 3rd (74), CB Joe Jefferson, Western Kentucky
2001 – 2nd (37), S Idrees Bashir, Memphis
2000 – 3rd (91), CB David Macklin, Penn State
1999 – 4th (96), CB Paul Miranda, Central Florida
1998 – 7th (231), DB Corey Gaines, Tennessee