The Los Angeles Chargers are in an interesting position in this year’s draft. With the holes the roster has, there are plenty of options for the Chargers to choose from.
While many feel that the Chargers need to address their secondary, some have argued that the front seven could also be due for an upgrade. Thrown in the recent comments head coach Anthony Lynn made about finding a replacement for Philip Rivers, there’s plenty of speculation surrounding the Chargers pick.
Here is what the experts have had to say of late.
Dan Kadar (SBNation.com): S Jamal Adams - LSU
Players like Howard and Trubisky going in the top six is good news for the Chargers. That means Hooker or Adams should fall to the seventh pick. I like either for the Chargers, but with Hooker gone, Adams is the pick. He can come down and work near the line of scrimmage and has enough range to drop.
Couldn’t agree more with Kadar here. The Chargers need a few quarterbacks to be taken early so they can land one of the top-tier defensive prospects. If Adams somehow falls to seven that could very well be the highest player on the Chargers board.
Charley Casserly (NFL Network): S Malik Hooker - Ohio State
Alike most of the mock drafts that been released, Casserly has the Chargers taking Malik Hooker.
Hooker is one of the top safety prospects in this draft and could be a playmaker for the Chargers for years to come. His ballhawking style could be exactly what defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is looking for.
Dane Brugler (CBSSports.com): S Malik Hooker - Ohio State
Despite not being able to work out before the draft due to injury, Hooker is absolutely worth a top-seven selection with his ability to impact the game in the deep half of the field. He is the playmaker the Chargers have been hoping to add on the back end.
Chris Burke (SI.com): WR Corey Davis - Western Michigan
The Chargers’ offense was a top-10 scoring unit last season thanks to Philip Rivers and the unexpected emergence of a couple wide receivers. But wouldn’t it be fun to see what this group could do at full speed, with a powerhouse 1–2 punch like Davis and a (hopefully healthy) Keenan Allen? The Rivers era will end soon enough. May as well lean into it.
If the Chargers select Davis in the first round, it would come out of left field.
Although the Chargers do lack a true number one wideout, addressing the defense would be a mistake. Some may like the thought of surrounding Rivers with all the possible weapons, but what’s the point when the defense can’t stop a nose bleed?
Chad Reuter (NFL.com): S Jamal Adams - LSU
Nothing crazy in the first round here. Most people will probably applaud taking Adams here.
Reuter put together a five-round mock draft which had some interesting selections.
In the second, the Chargers snagged wideout Zay Jones from East Carolina. He put up crazy numbers and is an NCAA record holder in multiple categories.
In the following round, Reuter tagged the Chargers with tight end Gerald Everett out of South Alabama. This pick was head scratching as the Chargers seemed to have found the heir apparent to Antonio Gates with Hunter Henry.
In the fourth the Chargers found their potential replacement for Rivers with Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs. The mock wraps up with the Bolts picking up interior lineman Isaac Asiata from Utah.
Dieter Kurtenbach (FoxSports.com): S Malik Hooker - Ohio State
The Chargers really should go with an offensive lineman here, despite a weak class, but they need buzz in their new market. Since they don’t need any Mike Williams sized help out wide or in the backfield, look for them to go with Hooker, who along with Joey Bosa should create one impressive defensive tag team.
The Chargers do need help along the offensive line there is no denying that. However, general manager Tom Telesco already tried his luck with reaching for tackles. The D.J. Fluker experiment didn’t pan out.
The Chargers should avoid reaching for any of the available tackles and take the best defensive player available. Los Angeles desperately needs an identity.