Up until this point, most of the analysts have mocked safety Malik Hooker from Ohio State to the Chargers. Now, things are getting interesting as some defensive ends and offensive lineman are being selected at number seven.
Dan Kadar (SBNation.com): S Jamal Adams - LSU
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.
In this specific mock draft, Kadar shakes it up with a few trades that could create some chaos in the first round. Even if these trades happen, it is nice to see the Chargers land a top safety talent in Jamal Adams.
Mel Kiper (ESPN): S Malik Hooker - Ohio State
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.
The Chargers did select Joey Bosa’s teammate Josh Perry in the fifth round last season, it’s easy to see them doing that again this year.
Lance Zierlein (NFL.com): DE Taco Charlton - Michigan
This comes out of left field. The Chargers could select a pass rusher if they decide to move on from Melvin Ingram, but Charlton hasn’t been in the thoughts for many Chargers followers up to this point.
Charlton is a great athlete and could be a nice player to play opposite of Joey Bosa, but will they reach on him?
Kristopher Knox (BleacherReport.com): CB - Marshon Lattimore - Ohio State
This is another interesting selection. With the emergence of Casey Hayward, the Chargers do have two solid options at corner back when healthy. Jason Verrett has missed a lot of time but adding Lattimore would be a luxury.
Lattimore is a very good player and probably the best corner prospect in this draft, but it would be a big shock if Los Angeles snags him at seven.
Chad Reuter (NFL.com): OT Ryan Ramczyk - Wisconsin
Even with the hip injury, Ramczyk is still a top tackle prospect in this draft. The Chargers could find their tackle of the future in the first round and hope that he can produce in his rookie year. Philip Rivers doesn’t have much time left and getting him protection is paramount.
Also, grabbing another college teammate of Melvin Gordon could be something the Chargers think about.
Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News): S Malik Hooker - Ohio State
San Diego could reach for some offensive line help here, but this point in the draft lines up with its glaring need for a ballhawking safety. With Joey Bosa wreaking havoc on the front end, they can get another Buckeye to clean up on the back end.