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 the NFL Scouting Combine only a week away, many notable experts have updated their mock drafts. Here is the latest look at who they project the Bolts to take based on recent developments:
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "The Chargers will be getting back the ballhawk who left town when Eric Weddle went to the Ravens last year. One thing that makes Hooker particularly interesting here is that the Chargers already have one of the great pass-rushers in the NFL in Hooker's former teammate Joey Bosa. Hooker is the type of player who can help a great pass rush produce points going the other way on errant throws."
ESPN's Todd McShay: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "L.A.'s biggest need right now is at offensive tackle, but I don't see a player at that position worthy of a top-10 pick. Hooker would fill another void for the Chargers, who could use a rangy, instinctive safety patrolling the deep middle of the field. Hooker tied for third in the FBS with seven interceptions in his first year as a starter."
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "This would fill a major need for the Chargers; Hooker would be ultra-productive roaming behind a gifted collection of pass rushers."
NFL.com's Chad Reuter: OT Ryan Ramczyk – Wisconsin
What he says: "Philip Rivers doesn't have many seasons left; the team must protect him while it still can. Ramczyk will also help pave the way for fellow Badger Melvin Gordon."
NFL.com's Charley Casserly: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "The Chargers take a safety with excellent cover skills."
Sports Illustrated Chris Burke: WR Corey Davis – Western Michigan
What he says: "Davis long has been considered this class' WR1 'round these parts. The Chargers have a very interesting collection of receivers, led by the oft-injured Keenan Allen, but Davis can be better than any of them ... and soon."
Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "This may be one of the more common mock-draft marriages, as former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley takes over as defensive coordinator for the Chargers, and he prefers a Seahawks-like system that employs a true centerfielder at free safety. Hooker has shown exceptional skills in that area, as he plays with great range and has the ball skills to make the exceptional play on the back end. The question for Hooker is his tackling, as he missed one tackle out of every 6.5 attempts (135th out of 242 qualifiers), but his centerfield skills can be a game-changer for a defense that plays cover-3/cover-1 (with a single-high safety) more than 50 percent of the time."
SB Nation's Dan Kadar: S Jamal Adams – LSU
What he says: "If Tennessee moves off the fifth pick, it could leave the Chargers to take the first safety in the draft. Adams may not be the coverage safety that Ohio State's Malik Hooker is, but he's a player with few flaws in his game."
CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler: DE Solomon Thomas – Stanford
What he says: "The Chargers hit a home run with Joey Bosa last year and could swing for the fences again with Thomas, who would be a great fit both inside and outside in Gus Bradley's scheme."
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 Pete Prisco: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "They let Eric Weddle go last season in free agency, and that showed up. Hooker has the range to be a potential Earl Thomas-type of player. But he does have injury concerns."
CBSSports.com's Will Brinson: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "Getting an offensive lineman would be ideal, but this is a defense that could quickly become elite with the addition of another playmaker. Hooker is a ballhawk who could make an impact for the Chargers quickly during their first year in Los Angeles."