As the NFL draft draws near, the names Mel Kiper and Todd McShay are two that you will hear many, many times.
Recently, the two ESPN draft experts held their own draft where they each made alternating picks. When it came to the Los Angeles Chargers, the two had vastly different ideas on which direction the team would go in the first round, but the same name came up on both men’s drafts in the second round.
East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones.
Wide receiver is a position many fans and analysts feel the Chargers will try to upgrade in the draft, but Jones’ name is one that hasn’t come up that often.
Jones put up monster numbers at ECU. His 399 career receptions are the most for any player in NCAA history. Yes, you read that right. He caught 158 passes last season as well, which led the nation.
Jones has strong football bloodlines. His father collected multiple Super Bowl rings as a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and his uncle, Jeff Blake, played quarterback for seven different teams from 1992-2005.
He has a big athletic body at 6 foot 2 and 200 pounds. But does his game translate to the NFL? That is the big question. Jones caught as many passes as he did in part because of the fact that East Carolina threw the ball quite a bit.
You’d also have to question if drafting a wide receiver this high is a smart move. Providing Keenan Allen can stay healthy, the Chargers already have the emerging Tyrell Williams and last year’s big free-agent signing, Travis Benjamin. It seems the team probably has bigger priorities.
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Of course, there were also those first-round picks I mentioned earlier that Kiper and McShay made. Kiper went with Jamal Adams, which would be a tremendous pick, but McShay felt the team should select quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Something tells me McShay will get raked over the coals by Chargers fans for that pick.
Regardless of what the Chargers do in the first round, would you be happy with the team choosing Jones in the second, as these analysts suggest? If not, which player or position should the team focus in on instead? Let us know in the comment section below.