The Los Angeles Chargers have a variety of needs to be addressed during the offseason and in the upcoming NFL Draft. Their first round (No. 7) pick could be used to improve at tackle, wide receiver, or safety.
General manager Tom Telesco is entering his fifth NFL Draft with the organization but first with new head coach Anthony Lynn. Telesco has had some success through the draft with his most notable contributions coming from last season’s rookie class.
First-round pick Joey Bosa was awarded the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year while linebackers Joshua Perry and Jatavis Brown also contributed and are expected to be a big part of new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s defense. On offense, second-round pick tight end Hunter Henry excelled as well.
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Media outlets around the country are busy playing general manager and predicting when prospects will hear their name called on draft day. Telesco’s current pattern involves alternating from offense to defense with each year’s first round selection.
As current players are resigned or released and the free agency period begins a more clear picture of those picks will become available. Regardless, following are the latest prognostications as to who will be the newest member of the Chargers.
NFL.com – Malik Hooker – Safety – Ohio State
Hooker’s range and ball skills are top-10 worthy.
CBS – Malik Hooker – Safety – Ohio State
The Chargers won big with Joey Bosa a year ago and could see another Buckeye 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 ball skills to complement San Diego’s small but physical cornerbacks.
ESPN – Cam Robinson – Offensive Tackle – Alabama
At 6-6 and 310 pounds, Robinson was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide and played in a pro-style offense. He earned the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top offensive lineman in 2016.
FOX SPORTS – Ryan Ramczyk – Offensive Tackle – Wisconsin
The former Division III player is going to jump Cam Robinson and be the top offensive tackle taken in the draft. No one, including Ramczyk would have guessed that a year ago.