When the Los Angeles Chargers are on the clock in round one of the fast approaching NFL Draft there are a number of possibilities. The Chargers could use upgrades at tackle, safety, a serviceable backup quarterback for the future, and wide receiver. All likely positions available with quality picks at No. 7 of this year’s draft.
The tackle depth is thin this season making grabbing one of the top two individuals a priority. Making Cam Robinson from Alabama and Ryan Ramczyk commodities for teams in need of help along their offensive line. However, are the two Top-10 selections, likely not.
Two safeties who are projected in that range include Malik Hooker (Ohio State) and Jamal Adams (LSU). Hooker’s injury will keep him sidelined from Pro-Day Workouts and the NFL Combine but he isn’t expected to miss any games to start the NFL season. It could however lead to his draft stock falling and the Chargers not taking a chance when time to pick.
Upper echelon quarterbacks include DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame), Deshaun Watson (Clemson), and Mitch Trubisky (North Carolina) but two may already have been selected by the Chargers time on the clock. If so, it is doubtful that Los Angeles pulls the trigger on a quarterback with other areas in need of addressing with a Top-10 player.
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Finally, the top wide receiver is currently projected as Mike Williams (Clemson) but he too may be unavailable at No. 7. The development of events on draft day could lead to the Chargers selecting a position based more on availability of talent than immediate need.
The NFL Combine will help determine the stock of current projected picks and further evaluation of Hooker’s injury will help to determine his immediate availability.
With many areas in need of attention, the Chargers need to take the best player available who can have the most impact immediately in Los Angeles. Even if it means not selecting the overall best player when on the clock in April.