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Mock Draft Tracker 9.0: Draft Day Edition

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 draft kicking off tonight, here is the final look at who experts believe the Chargers will select:

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.:  QB Deshaun Watson – Clemson

What he says: “This could be the shocker on Thursday night. The 35-year-old Philip Rivers has taken a lot of hits over the years, and the Chargers could want a fresh start after moving to L.A. Another name to watch is Malik Hooker, the best center fielder-type safety in this class.”

ESPN’s Todd McShay:  DT Solomon Thomas – Stanford

What he says: “Los Angeles is another sneaky landing spot for Deshaun Watson, but would the Chargers be able to pass up the value of Thomas here? (He's the No. 3 player on our board.) He'd add a great pass-rusher to Los Angeles' front.”

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah:  RB Christian McCaffrey – Stanford

What he says: “The Chargers could really take advantage of McCaffrey's skill set and he would complement Melvin Gordon very well.”

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock:  DT Solomon Thomas  – Stanford

What he says: “I think they'd be ecstatic to land Thomas. They can play him outside on early downs and inside in sub packages. His quickness is similar to Aaron Donald's.”

NFL Network’s Charley Casserly:  DE Jonathan Allen – Alabama

What he says: “The Chargers need an inside pass rusher.”

NFL Network’s Lance Zierlan:  S Jamal Adams – LSU

What he says: “If Adams and Hooker are both on the board here, it could be an interesting call. This could also be the spot Cleveland targets for a trade-up for Mitchell Trubisky.”

MMQB’s Peter King:  S Malik Hooker – Ohio State

What he says: “This pick scares me, because GM Tom Telesco would love more of a sure thing.”

MMQB’s Albert Breer:  WR Mike Williams– Clemson

What he says: “There are whispers about QBs here, and Hooker’s been the logical pick. But the Bolts did late work on Williams.”

CBS Sports’ Rob Rang:  DE Jonathan Allen– Alabama

What he says: “The Chargers won big a year ago with Joey Bosa and could be in a similar position this year should Allen fall into their lap. The 6-3, 286-pound Allen has the intangibles the Chargers have long prized and could remind new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley of former Seahawks pupil Michael Bennett with his positional versatility, initial burst and coordinated, powerful hand play.”

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco:  S Malik Hooker – Ohio State

What he says: “He has some medical concerns, but he might be the next Ed Reed. The Chargers, with new coordinator Gus Bradley, need that on the back end.”

CBS Sports’ Will Brinson:  RB Christian McCaffrey– Stanford

What he says: “This is kind of a random pick, but one I love. Think about the running backs who have played with Philip Rivers over the years. McCaffrey is a souped-up version of Danny Woodhead and Darren Sproles and would be a dynamic weapon in the Chargers offense.”

CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler:  DE Jonathan Allen - Alabama

What he says: “A year after drafting Joey Bosa in the first round, the Chargers again bolster the defensive line with a talent like Allen, who would bring versatility as a three-technique and edge rusher.”

Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo:  S Malik Hooker – Ohio State

What he says: “One of the draft’s most perfect fits remains the same in this mock as Hooker goes to the Chargers to fill the center field role in new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s system. He lit up the highlight reel with his seven interceptions, often showing exceptional reads and range on the back end to force the turnovers. The question for Hooker is his tackling as he missed one out of every 6.5 attempts, good for 135th among the nation’s safeties, but his range and playmaking is too much to pass up for (the Chargers’) single-high safety system.”

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke:  S Malik Hooker – Ohio State

What he says: “With tremendous instincts and ball skills—seven interceptions, including three for touchdowns in 2016—Hooker gets Ed Reed comparisons. Safety is Los Angeles’s biggest area of need, and Hooker could not be a better match. As Gus Bradley tries to recreate his signature Cover-3 defense that made him famous in Seattle, Hooker will fill the Earl Thomas role seamlessly.”

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller:  S Malik Hooker – Ohio State

What he says: “In talking to a team scout Wednesday morning, I heard the Chargers could also consider Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams here. It's tempting to put Williams on the board to the Chargers given the team's massive need at receiver, but Malik Hooker is also a great fit at free safety. Patrolling safeties like Hooker are rare. His range, his ball skills and his closing speed bring up memories of Ed Reed and Earl Thomas in college. If the Chargers are serious about building up the defense, Hooker is the right guy to complete the secondary.”

The Los Angeles Chargers will celebrate day three of the 2017 NFL Draft at StubHub Center on Saturday, April 29. DraftFest is free and open to the public. A long list of current and former Chargers players will also be in attendance signing autographs, taking pictures and mingling with fans.  Chargers confirmed to attend include Philip Rivers, Hunter Henry, this year's first-round pick and many more.

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