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Chargers GM Tom Telesco hopes to excel at NFL draft, spreadsheets and all

Chargers GM Tom Telesco hopes to excel at NFL draft, spreadsheets and all

Every NFL general manager needs a system.

In the buildup to the NFL draft, years of in-person scouting, hours of film study and mountains of notes about details large and small need to be distilled down to an easy-to-navigate list, ranking the football players that’ll best help your football team.

And if your system is flawed, you’ll drown in a flash flood of information.

Luckily for Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco, he’s got a sturdy life raft built out of rows and columns.

“I can’t exist without Excel,” he said.

Telesco was an early adopter of the Microsoft spreadsheet program in the mid-1990s during his time as a scouting assistant with the...

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