Two Top Safety Targets for Los Angeles

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Mar 5, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; LSU Tigers strong safety Jamal Adams speaks to the media during the 2017 combine at Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; LSU Tigers strong safety Jamal Adams speaks to the media during the 2017 combine at Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers have a need at the safety position that is likely to be addressed at some point during the NFL Draft. A few mock drafts have that time being in the first-round with pick No. 7 when many of the top prospects could still be available.

The question that won’t be answered until draft night is what safeties will remain and who the Chargers should select if both of the top two candidates are still on the board. General manager Tom Telesco and new head coach Anthony Lynn have only a few weeks left to decide who stands atop their big board entering the evening.

Ohio State safety Malik Hooker has been unavailable for workouts due to multiple surgeries repairing both a groin and labrum following the collegiate football season. He sat out of the NFL Combine and missed Ohio State’s pro day but has put together enough quality film to make him one of the top draft prospects.


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LSU safety Jamal Adams impressed during the season, at the NFL Combine and most recently during the LSU pro day, running an unofficial 4.33 40-yard sprint. The leader for the Tigers defense has all of the tools necessary to make an immediate impact in the NFL and may now be off the board when Los Angeles is on the clock.

If both candidates remain, Telesco and Lynn will have a difficult decision between the two top safety prospects. Due to Hooker’s injuries, Adams has had the more recent opportunity to impress NFL personnel but Hooker, when healthy, looks to be a difference maker as well.

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