Chargers Draft

4 dream prospects the Chargers should hope fall to pick 17

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Kyle Hamilton
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4. Kyle Hamilton

Kyle Hamilton is the least likely player to fall to the Chargers at 17 and he could end up being the highest player taken on this entire list. That being said, it is still not out of the realm of possibility that Hamilton falls all the way to the Chargers at 17. And while safety is not a pressing need, the Bolts would jump all over Hamilton if he was there at 17.

Hamilton was viewed by many to be a top-three prospect in this draft class early on in the scouting process. However, Hamilton did not impress at the NFL Combine nor his Pro Day and there has been some speculation from insiders that teams are not ranking Hamilton as highly.

Safety is not a very highly-touted position, either. Derwin James was expected to be a top-10 pick and was ranked right around where Hamilton currently sits on most big boards. James falling was an absolute shock and it would be if Hamilton did as well but it is possible.

The first safety taken in the 2021 NFL Draft was Jevon Holland, who was picked with the 36th overall pick. In 2020 it was Xavier McKinney, who was taken with the 36th overall pick as well. Darnell Savage was the first in 2019 at 21. Minkah Fitzpatrick was the first in 2018 at 11. Fitzpatrick was not even a true safety, and if we are going with true safeties, then it would be Derwin James at 17.

Safeties have been valued less and less in the draft in recent years and while Hamilton is a very good prospect, I would not say he is leaps and bounds better as a prospect than any of those guys mentioned.

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