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.
With a memorable Super Bowl in the books, we now know where each team will be selecting in the first round. As a result, many draft experts have updated their projections in recent weeks. Here is the latest look at who pundits project the Chargers to select seventh overall based on recent developments:
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "The Bolts need a centerfielder with exceptional ball skills and range to fill out a secondary that has nice pieces on the outside."
NFL.com's Lance Zierlein: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "With only one year of starting experience, Hooker is still fairly raw, but he is the ultimate ball-hawking safety in this draft and has an extremely high ceiling."
Bleacher Report Lead Draft Writer Matt Miller: WR Mike Williams– Clemson
What he says: "Mike Williams won't wow you with speed, but he's a big presence (6'3", 225 lbs) and plays with the power and grace of Cincinnati Bengals star wideout A.J. Green. Williams' play against Alabama in the national title game showed what he can do against NFL coverage schemes and future pro talent at cornerback, too. Offensive line is perhaps the Chargers' biggest need if they can lock up linebacker Melvin Ingram in free agency, and new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley may beg for a big cornerback like Quincy Wilson at No. 7. But with Williams still on the board here, this pick should be easy."
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."
Sports Illustrated Chris Burke: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "As a tackler in run defense, Hooker will overpursue and tends to lead with his shoulder, both of which can cause problems. A reminder, though, that he spent just one season as a starter at Ohio State. And as a coverage safety he is unparalleled in this class. Put him in the L.A. secondary, and he'd only make guys like Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward better."
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."
Sporting News' Eric Galko: OT Garrett Bolles – Utah
What he says: "Cam Robinson of Alabama and Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin have gotten the most buzz in a notoriously bad offensive tackle class, but I'll take Bolles atop the group. The Chargers aren't far from a playoff team, and adding to their offensive line could do the trick."
USA Today Draftwife's Luke Easterling: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "This year's draft is loaded with playmakers at safety. Nobody is better than Hooker in coverage, and despite multiple recent surgeries, he'll still be worthy of a top-10 pick."
Fox Sports Dieter Kurtenback: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "The Chargers really should go with an offensive lineman here, despite a weak class, but they need buzz in their new market. Since they don't need any Mike Williams sized help out wide or in the backfield, look for them to go with Hooker, who along with Joey Bosa should create one impressive defensive tag team."
SB Nation's Dan Kadar: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "It was announced last week that Hooker underwent surgery for both a torn labrum and a hernia. We'll get a better gauge on how this will impact his draft status at the scouting combine in a few weeks."