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.
Entering the second week of free agency, many experts have updated their projections based on recent additions. Here is the latest look at who pundits now believe the Bolts will select:
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: QB Deshaun Watson – Clemson
What he says: "The Chargers start preparing for life after Philip Rivers by selecting Watson. He's not ready to play right away but he'll have time to sit and learn behind one of the best in the business."
NFL.com's Charley Casserly: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "Chargers add a very good cover safety in Hooker…. Outstanding instincts help him work ahead of the play despite average speed. Always probing quarterback's eyes for clues. Quick to process and is decisive in action. Flows hard to where his instincts lead him. Has fluid movement of a basketball player in space. Leans and bends into his turns for greater body control. Always active and in constant on-field search for optimal positioning. Hyper-aware of incoming targets to his area. Just as comfortable from "robber" spot as high safety."
Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "A perfect scheme fit for new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Hooker brings exceptional range as a center-field free safety, as he picked off seven passes last year in his first full season of action. The Chargers continue to add talent to the defensive side of the ball, and Hooker is the next piece in the puzzle. The one issue is his tackling, where he missed one out of every 6.5 attempts last season, good for 135th out of 242 qualifiers. However, Hooker's instincts and ball skills are necessary for the Chargers' cover-3/cover-1 scheme, and Hooker makes for a good first-round marriage."
USA Today's Nate Davis: DE Solomon Thomas – Stanford
What he says: "His skill set — the ability to set the edge in a base defense and serve as an interior pass rusher in sub packages — has been compared to that of the Seahawks' Michael Bennett. Thomas would be a great addition to a team transitioning to a four-man front."
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "Hooker was just a one-year starter at Ohio State, but he's been a ball-hawk since the first time he stepped onto the campus. He's a rangy, instinctive centerfielder with excellent timing on his angles and the speed to close the door when the ball is in flight. With Joey Bosa and a crew of good linebackers already in place on defense, Hooker is the kind of pick at safety that can turn a good defense into a great one."
SB Nation's Dan Kadar: CB Marlon Humphrey – Alabama
What he says: "The Chargers have the pieces necessary on the line and at linebacker to fit Gus Bradley's defense. But what they don't have is the type of big cornerback he prefers. At just over 6'0, Humphrey is a solid fit who plays physical."
Rotoworld's Josh Norris: OLB Takkarist McKinley – UCLA
What he says: "The second edge rusher off the board will be interesting. I could see a debate between five or six names. Melvin Ingram is on a franchise tag, and the team might want to hedge at the position in case a long-term contract can't be reached."
CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler: T Ryan Ramczyk – Wisconsin
What he says: "Adding Russell Okung helps, but the Chargers still have too many leaks on the offensive line. Adding a talent like Ramczyk will continue the organization's commitment to protecting the quarterback."
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 Jamal Adams – LSU
What he says: "He is more of a box safety than Hooker, but he isn't a liability in coverage. The Chargers need help on the back end."
CBSSports.com's Will Brinson: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "Adding another playmaker to an underrated and dangerous defense is only going to make the Chargers more likely to take a jump forward next season."
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