Should The Chargers Consider Chandler Jones In First Round?

Photo via Chandler Jones Instagram (@ChanJones99)

I seriously just decided to write this post because I liked the photo that Chandler Jones (Jonny “Bones” Jones) posted of his brother’s championship belt. Other than Chandler having a championship bro, he has been skyrocketing up some draft boards and there have been some mocks with the Chargers selecting him with the 18th pick.

Here is what Pro Football Weekly has to say about him:

Positives:
Has outstanding size with rare arm length to disrupt a quarterback’s vision. Plays big. Uses his hands with violence. Swats blockers out of the way with a strong club move and has power in his body. Good quickness off the ball. Plays with good balance and protects himself from cut blocks. Above-average anchor strength — can stack the corner. Takes long strides, flattens down the line and closes fast. Good effort and energy — keeps working to come free. Has NFL pedigree.

Negatives:
Lacks elite edge burst. Average lateral agility (reflected in shuttle times at the Combine). Tends to play a bit upright and could expand his pass-rush repertoire. Is not an explosive tackler. Bench-pressed 225 pounds only 22 times at the Combine and must continue to get stronger to set the edge in a 3-4 front. Average career sack production -— only has 10 career sacks.

Summary:
Highly athletic, vine-armed, havoc-wreaking pass rusher with rare dimensions and a developing frame to fill out and become a pass-rushing force. Scouts have compared him to Arizona Cardinals 2008 second-round pick Calais Campbell, yet he offers even more intriguing versatility, with potential to disrupt from either side and grow into a stout anchor.

Mike Mayock recently said this about the kid:

“the more tape I watch of him the more I’m convinced he’s a solid mid round DE. He can get to the QB. I like him more than Coples, getting to the point where I like him more than Upshaw. I like him better than Mercilus”

Jones might be available in the second round, but there has been a lot of talk of him rising to the middle of the first round now. He has a lot of potential, but should we take that risk with our first pick in the draft?

He didn’t have he production that you would like to see from a first round pick. I would pass on him in the first round, but if he is available when we come back to pick in round 2, then I would love to have him.

Would you take him in the first round?

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  • 619chargers4life

    a yo E he got 10 sacks with how many starts??? i would not be super happy if we pick him at 18 but i would be  smiling and laughing and saying “well at least AJ is trying”. If there is still a bigger name then him left on the board then i might be a lil upset. but in all honesty yes i would be smiling if we go Pass Rush in the first. i might climb on the roof and light fireworks lol. But Jones, not to sure about.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @619chargers4life i know exactly what you mean!!!! there should be some better names on the board at 18.
       
      If we select him, I won’t be surprised BUT i am pretty sure I wouldnt be happy about it

      • 619chargers4life

         @epadaon well im siding with u then lol

        • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

           @619chargers4life hahaha.. yea, we are on the same page.. i just have seen a few mocks pushing this guy higher and higher and some even have us drafting him. not a fan of that 

        • 619chargers4life

           @epadaon just heard that on xx1090 then seen it on nfl network that the chargers thinking of trading up for ss barron  

        • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

           @619chargers4life yes please!!! 

      • RussellGrant

         @epadaon  @619chargers4life This isn’t the pick I was thinking either.  I would like to see Upshaw or Hightower or Perry at 18.  Getting Jones might be fun if he decides to triangle choke out Carson Palmer or Manning.  Just saying…

  • RussellGrant

    Interesting pick.  Nice highlight reel.  I am not sure about the elite edge burst knock in the weaknesses.  He fights through blockers and hits people.  I liked the sack where he took down the QB and the guy blocking him. 

  • RMainwaring

    Michael Lombardi has him going between picks 10 and 20. Chargers just might get him. Wouldn’t be my first choice but who am I?

  • A_Eme_O_Ere

    FYI – Levonte David is supposed to be too small but is approximately the same height and weight as Derrick Brooks. 2nd round?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @A_Eme_O_Ere sign me up for that!! i love that kid

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