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 Spring Meeting underway, many experts have updated their projections based on recent events. Here is the latest look at who pundits now believe the Bolts will select:
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "If Jahleel Addae is the Chargers' in-the-box safety, Hooker (6-1, 206) could be their center fielder. He has incredible range, but like (Marshon) Lattimore, he was a first-year starter for the Buckeyes in 2016. One thing that makes Hooker particularly interesting here is that Los Angeles already has one of the top pass-rushers in the NFL in fellow Buckeyes alum 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: "A rangy safety with elite ball skills, Hooker is a perfect fit for Gus Bradley's defense, which features a lot of Cover 3 and zone coverage. Hooker is one of the five best prospects in this class, but it's unclear whether he'll be able to work out for teams prior to the draft after having offseason surgery on his labrum."
USA Today's Nate Davis: DT Jonathan Allen – Alabama
What he says: "The Bolts' defensive makeover would look awfully good if Allen and DE Joey Bosa are paired as Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside for the next half-dozen years. Allen's versatility and ability to impact all three downs would also be nicely leveraged in new coordinator Gus Bradley's scheme."
Bleacher Report's Gary Davenport: CB Marshon Lattimore – Ohio State
What he says: "The Los Angeles Chargers made perhaps the best free-agent signing of 2016 when they added cornerback Casey Hayward on a modest deal. Hayward went on to lead the NFL in interceptions. However, as the Bolts move up the coast to La-La Land, the secondary remains a work in progress. Given the success the Bolts had in selecting Ohio State's Joey Bosa at No. 3 last year, perhaps the wise idea for the Chargers in their new home is to look toward an old place for their first-round pick. Say, right back in Columbus, Ohio. Simply put, Lattimore looks and plays like "DB U" (the moniker given to OSU after they've cranked out high-end defensive backs in droves in recent years) built him in a lab. Size. Speed. Agility. Ball skills. Lattimore appears to have no real weaknesses. Paired with Hayward and Jason Verrett (if he can stay healthy), the addition of Lattimore could give the Chargers one of the most talented trios of cover men in the NFL."
Sports Illustrated Chris Burke: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "This is close to the ideal scenario for the Chargers: two QBs and a running back in the top six; Hooker, Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster and every wide receiver still available. Hooker is a game-changing presence against the pass, landing in a league that's airing it out more than ever."
CBSSports.com's Will Brinson: CB Marshon Lattimore – Ohio State
What he says: "The Chargers add another cornerback, giving them a ridiculous trio as they combine Lattimore with Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett. That's a stacked secondary."
CBSSports.com's Ryan Wilson: QB Deshaun Watson – Clemson
What he says: "Philip Rivers has shown no signs of slowing but he's 35 and (presumably) has no plans to play forever. At the combine in February, general manager Tom Telesco didn't rule out drafting a quarterback and in Watson the Chargers would get a player who would benefit from a season or two on the bench while he grew into the position. If it sounds familiar it should; Rivers, a first-round pick back in 2004, sat behind Drew Brees for two years before finally graduating to the starting job."
CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler: OT 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."
NFL.com's Lance Zierlein: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "The Chargers could use a wide receiver, but this feels too early for that position. Hooker gives them a very talented, instinctive back-end presence…. He's the ultimate lurker. His instincts are always bringing him to the football and when he gets there he has the ball skills to take it away. His lack of game experience and issues with tackle consistency will likely show themselves early in his career, but his ability to flip the field is worthy of an aggressive projection. He has the talent to be a high-impact starter for years in the NFL."
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks: S Malik Hooker – Ohio State
What he says: "The Chargers could use a true centerfielder in the middle of the defense with outstanding instincts and ball skills."
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