Charlie Campbell was the first to report that Malik Hooker is out 4-6 months after two surgeries. I considered dropping him out of this slot, but I'm going to hold off for now. The Chargers like Hooker, and it doesn't sound as though he'll miss any regular-season action, so it's not like they won't have him for his rookie campaign in the wake of this news.
Besides, Hooker fills a huge need. The Chargers were already weak at safety in the wake of Eric Weddle's departure, and now Jahleel Addae happens to be an impending free agent.
Rd. 2, Pk. 6
DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
I'm going to reference my Pittsburgh first-round pick here. The Steelers can take Deshaun Watson to eventually succeed Ben Roethlisberger, and the Chargers could do the same thing with Philip Rivers. The long-time Charger quarterback turns 36 during the season, so someone is needed to take over for him in the near future. With DeShone Kizer offering so much value, it could be difficult for the Chargers to pass on him.
Rd. 3, Pk. 7
Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic
The Chargers have mostly been using Joey Bosa on the defensive line, so they could stand to find another outside linebacker to play across from Melvin Ingram.
Pick change; previously Derek Rivers, DE/OLB
Rd. 4, Pk. 6
Nazair Jones, DE, North Carolina
The Chargers could stand to add a defensive lineman to start with Corey Liuget and Brandon Mebane.
Rd. 5, Pk. 7
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The Chargers have a mixed bag on their roster. They have a lot of very promising young talent such as Melvin Gordon, Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa, Jason Verrett, Casey Heyward, Denzel Perryman, Hunter Henry, Keenan Allen, etc. But they also have aging talent that doesn't have much longer such as, Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Brandon Mebane, King Dunlap, Danny woodhead, Philip Rivers, and Philip Rivers. Their franchise QB doesn't have much left in the tank and is taking way too many body shots. Ramcyzk and Robinson would be reaches. They had a safety that was a fan favorite up there with Rivers and Gates in Eric Weddle but he skipped town. Their corners are really good. Before he got hurt Verrett was taking receivers out of game plans and Heyward played outstanding last season. With that being said their safeties weren't very good. Jahleel Addae looked pretty good at times but Dwight Lowery is awful. Replacing him with one of the best ball hawking coverage safeties to come out in a while in Malik Hooker would be a monumental upgrade. Hooker is crazy athletic and can cover anyone he's put on. On top of that he has good size and can attack the line of scrimmage to help in the run game. This pick could very well make the chargers secondary feared.
The Chargers have missed Eric Weddle this season, and their safety play has been a real weakness. Here's an upgrade for San Diego. <br> <br>
Adams has 60 tackles on the season along with three passes broken up and one interception. Adams is a future starting safety, who sources said during the preseason that they think is a top-20 talent. He is able to contribute in coverage as a free safety and is strong enough to play in the box. <br> <br>
Adams has versatility, but his play has been subdued in 2016 thus far, and perhaps he has the NFL on his mind. That along with his position, could cause a slide on draft day if he isn't careful. Adams did play very well against Alabama and Ole Miss' receiving tight end Evan Engram. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Adams has versatile size to play strong or free safety in the NFL. He is an instinctive defender who always seems to be around the ball. In 2015, Adams had 67 tackles with six passes broken up and four interceptions. As a freshman, he recorded 66 tackles with five pass breakups. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Cam Robinson, OT </i> </u>
The Chargers could use offensive line help. They could target a left tackle to upgrade over King Dunlap, D.J. Fluker is nearing the end of his contract, and right tackle Joseph Barksdale didn't play as well in 2016 as he did in 2015. Thus, a rookie lineman could compete at a variety of spots while eventually taking over left tackle. <br> <br>
Robinson (6-6, 310) has played well in 2016 overall, consistently opening holes in the ground game and showing improved technique in pass protection. He shut down Arkansas' Deatrich Wise Jr., and there was only one ugly play where Ole Miss' Marquis Haynes bull rushed Robinson. Against Tennessee, Derek Barnett beat Robinson for a strip-sack and some other pressures. Robinson had some wins as well, but it showed that Robinson isn't an elite, "top of the draft," shutdown left tackle prospect. He had a better game against Myles Garrett, keeping the Aggies' superstar from recording a sack. Robinson looks quicker and more athletic this season than in past years. Sources say that Robinson lost 10-15 pounds over the offseason and that it paid off. <br> <br>
Robinson was a freshman sensation for the Crimson Tide in 2014 and has started every game at left tackle since arriving at Alabama. He was the leader on an offensive line that allowed only 16 sacks in 2014. It didn't go as well in 2015 as Robinson allowed pressure and sacks on the quarterback, especially early in the year. He was better down the stretch, however, and it isn't all that surprising that he seems to have taken his play to another level in 2016. <br> <br>
For the NFL, Robinson could be best in the long run at right tackle. If he plays left tackle, he could be above-average. Some sources have compared him to the Buccaneers' Donovan Smith. Robinson provides an impact as a run blocker and has the potential to be a reliable pass protector. On a different note, he was able to skate on an arrest over the offseason before the 2016 season for possession of pot and an illegal gun. <br> <br>
The Chargers may want to look into finding a new receiver to play across from Keenan Allen and take over for when he gets predictably hurt at any point. Williams is a beast this season and has bailed out Deshaun Watson who's accuracy has not been the best. He is a good jump ball catcher in the end zone and makes a ton of difficult catches along the sideline. Though, he showed the past few weeks he is fully capable of making passes in the middle of the field and get yards after the catch. I think Phillip Rivers deserves weapons around him to keep up with the rest AFC West.
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Laremy Tunsil, Warren Sapp, Dez Bryant, JJ Watt, Aaron Donald, Ray Lewis.... the list goes on of Elite/HOF players, or players that were expected to be drafted higher that fell. There is nothing wrong with Jonathan Allen sliding to 7 overall... but there is NO WAY - barring something stupid - that he slides further than the Chargers. Jonathan is a 4-3 DT. Scheme is very important, and is becoming almost important as talent. Much like international basketball has used precise ball-movement to compensate for lack of talent, scheme fit in the NFL is becoming almost equal to the talent being obtained. Jonathan Allen is not best utilized in a 3-4, of the teams selecting in the top 5, Jacksonville and Cleveland could be potential candidates if they weren't as high on the players that they have drafted with those picks.
As I have talked about scheme and talent... make no mistake about it... the Chargers are getting BOTH with Jonathan Allen. 1 player upgrades SEVEN positions at once. Sure, they could go with one of the CB's, but no one is going to have an immediate impact on multiple players like Allen will. LA has switched to the 4-3 Under scheme, which combines 4-3 and 3-4 elements into one system. Jonathan Allen would step in and play the Under Tackle role, thus pushing Corey Liuget to the Jumbo DE spot and allow Melvin Ingram to play Otto. Now... Ingram is a bit over-sized for what would be considered the Otto, however, he already has NFL experience playing OLB. This is crucial for this scheme. Allen makes every single player, from day 1, better. Working with Joey Bosa, Brandon Mebane, Corey Liuget on the line and allowing Melvin Ingram to remain an every-down LB is HUGE for their defense. It will take pressure off the other LB's, it will help alleviate a lot of responsibility in the secondary, it improves the defense as a whole and has them trending towards elite status. This is much more important than any CB can offer at this point.