With the seventh pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select…
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Jamal Adams, Safety | LSU
The now ‘Los Angeles’ Chargers, well that was weird, have actually had some really solid drafts the past few years. Last year they got great production out of first round defensive end Joey Bosa (10.5 sacks in 12 games), second round tight end Hunter Henry (8 touchdowns) and fifth round linebacker Jatavis Brown. The Chargers are an up and coming team that seems to underperform every year and now sit at pick number 7, where there could potentially not be a prospect that they want. In this mock I have them grabbing LSU safety Jamal Adams which would be an absolute steal. Safety is a big weakness on this Chargers roster and has been ever since Eric Weddle left town and went to Baltimore. If Adams or Hooker are still on the board at 7 I think the Chargers jump on them. However, there’s a very real possibility that both these players could be gone at this point. If that’s the case what do the Chargers do? Another major weakness is the Chargers offensive line and has been for some time. Quarterback Philip Rivers has been sacked 30 or more times the past 7 seasons. An offensive lineman satisfies a need but is it too high for a guard like Western Kentucky’s Forrest Lamp or a tackle like Alabama’s Cam Robinson, Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk or Utah’s Garrett Bolles?
Another position the Chargers will have to address at some point is quarterback, though I don’t think they’ll do so at 7. Philip Rivers turns 36 at the end of this year and his heir apparent is not yet on this roster. The Chargers aren’t the only team that needs to start looking to the future and so that could mean if they decide to wait until the 2nd round to take a QB, their guy might no longer be there. Do they trade back up into the end of the first for a quarterback like Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer? The Chargers drafted Rivers, or rather Eli Manning, back in 2004 which was just 3 years after they had grabbed a guy by the name of Drew Brees in the second round of the 2001 draft. Needless to say the Chargers are overdue for grabbing a young gun slinger and as I mentioned before, there are a number of teams in the same boat as the Chargers, such as the Giants, Steelers, Cardinals, Chiefs and Saints. I expect a lot of movement at the end of the first round as these teams try to make a move to grab the 3rd or 4th rated quarterback in the draft.