With the Los Angeles Chargers picking seventh in the 2017 NFL Draft, here are the 25 most recent players selected with the number seven overall pick.
In order to serve all Chargers fans, Chargers.com has compiled a list of who some top draft pundits are projecting the Bolts will select with the seventh pick in the draft.
It is still very early in the process as we are three months away from the NFL Draft kicking off in Philadelphia. Nonetheless, with the Senior Bowl taking place next week, more and more experts are putting out their initial projections. Thus, now is as good a time as ever to post the first of many Mock Draft Trackers leading up to the first round of the draft on Apr. 27.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.: OT Cam Robinson – Alabama
What he says: "This isn't a great class for top-tier blindside protectors, but Robinson is at the top of the list, though I think his best skill -- run-blocking -- means he'd be better as a right tackle at the next level. A three-year starter for the Crimson Tide, he's a known commodity in the NFL. The Chargers ranked in the bottom third of the league in rushing (3.8 yards per carry, 94.4 yards per game) in 2016, and tackles Joe Barksdale and King Dunlap have underwhelmed."
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "With the best ball skills of any safety I've ever evaluated, Hooker would benefit from the pass rush led by Joey Bosa. If Jason Verrett comes back healthy, this could quickly become one of the best secondaries in the NFL."
Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo: S Jamal Adams – LSU
What he says: "The Chargers have added valuable pieces to their defense and Adams brings another versatile weapon on the back end. Adams was a productive three-year contributor at LSU, capping his career with an 83.1 grade against the run and 89.0 coverage grade, showing he can make an impact all over the field. He can work downhill as a strong safety, playing all of the necessary coverages underneath while also showing enough ability to make plays in split-safety or single-high safety looks. (They) could take a long look at Ohio State's Malik Hooker at this spot depending on the defensive coordinator situation."
CBSSports.com's Rob Rang: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "The Chargers won big with Joey Bosa a year ago and could see the speedy Hooker as an ideal replacement for Eric Weddle, whom the club clearly missed in 2016. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Hooker possesses the range and ballskills to complement small but physical cornerbacks."
CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "The Chargers are feeling the void left by Eric Weddle in the secondary and while Hooker is raw in areas, he has the range and ballhawking instincts to be an impact player quickly in his NFL career."
Bleacher Report Lead Draft Writer Matt Miller: OT Ryan Ramczyk – Wisconsin
What he says: "The top tackle in the 2017 draft class has an interesting question mark hanging over his head: a hip injury that will need to be checked after his team's bowl game. If Ramczyk is healthy, he has the tools to be a top-10 pick at left tackle…Ramczyk would give Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon the blindside protector and run-game jump-start they could desperately use. And in the passing game, he'd give the Chargers a much-needed boost against the elite pass-rushers they face in the AFC West."
Sports Illustrated Chris Burke: WR Mike Williams – Clemson
What he says: "Need for a physically gifted outside receiver is not as high as it was a few months ago because of Tyrell Williams's rise. Still, another big-play option for Philip Rivers should be a must, regardless of how quickly Keenan Allen gets back from his season-ending injury. (Mike) Williams can get deep and win 50-50 balls in the air."
Fox Sports Dieter Kurtenback: OT Ryan Ramczyk – Wisconsin
What he says: "The former Division III player is going to jump Cam Robinson and be the top offensive tackle taken in the draft. No one, including Ramczyk would have guessed that a year ago."
Rotoworld's Josh Norris: S Jamal Adams – LSU
What he says: "I could see the Chargers going with an offensive lineman, but instead I'll choose a safety who many view as a top 10 talent in this class."
The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed above represent those of individual authors and do not represent the opinions or policies of the Chargers' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives.