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Todd McShay final mock: Chargers select Solomon Thomas at No. 7

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Solomon Thomas is one of the elite players in the draft (0:39)

Mel Kiper Jr. thinks Solomon Thomas, the defensive end from Stanford, has the versatility and talent to be in the same class as top-ranked Myles Garrett. (0:39)

Good morning and happy draft day.

In his final mock draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Los Angeles Chargers selecting Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas.

McShay suspects that the Cleveland Browns could take North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1, allowing Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett to drop to No. 2 and ultimately Thomas sliding down the draft board to No. 7.


My take: The Chargers would love this scenario, as Thomas likely has a cleaner draft evaluation than Malik Hooker because of the Ohio State product’s medical issues. The Chargers could use more interior pass rush, and defensive line coach Giff Smith worked out Thomas at Stanford’s pro day, so there’s interest from the team.

Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times wonders if the Chargers will make another surprising pick like taking Joey Bosa No. 3 last year. Woike speculates that pick could be Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.

My take: McCaffrey would be a nice replacement for Danny Woodhead, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens in free agency. He also adds value because of his ability to return kicks and punts. However, I don’t see the Chargers selecting a running back in the first round for the second time in three seasons. You can get a pass-catching running back later in the draft, and talent at the top of the board this year leans to the defensive side of the ball. More likely the Chargers would like another team to trade up to No. 7 to grab McCaffrey ahead of the Carolina Panthers at No. 8.

Jack Wang of the Orange County Register writes that the Chargers are prepared for the uncertainty of the NFL draft.

My take: The Chargers knew last year that they would get their top-rated player on the board because the two teams in front of them traded up to select quarterbacks. But this year with the team selecting at No. 7, the Chargers will have to be prepared for several different scenarios on draft day.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the Chargers worked out Clemson receiver Mike Williams last week.

My take: With Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin all working their way back from injuries this offseason, I do think Williams makes sense -- just not at No. 7. The Chargers could get a talented receiver in the second round.