As we go to print one day before the NFL Draft, the majority of draft analysts still believe Malik Hooker, the play-making safety from Ohio State, will be the Chargers pick at No. 7 in the first round.
However, there are a few updated mock drafts that have both Hooker and LSU safety Jamal Adams off the board by the time the Chargers are on the clock. Some analysts think General Manager Tom Telesco should go after a receiver — Clemson’s Mike Williams and Western Michigan’s Corey Davis are the names mentioned.
If the safeties are gone and there is no offensive lineman worth selecting early in the first round, Telesco will address other needs with the pick or trade down. But which direction should he go if the player he covets is gone and there is no safety, receiver, edge rusher or defensive tackle on his big board worth the seventh pick? And what happens if no team wants to trade up to the seventh spot?
There is one player ranked the best at his position whose name no analyst has the Chargers even looking at in the first round. A player who was under utilized in college and, according to analysts, has the kind of talent to be a dominant player as a pro — a player who could improve the Chargers offense on day one.