And with the 84th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select…
The Chargers focused on all of their defense weaknesses with the first three picks: Safety Derwin James, linebacker Uchenna Nwosu and now defensive tackle Justin Jones.
I did more research on Justin Jones’ teammate, B.J. Hill, but I like him as a guy who does the dirty work. Here’s NFL Network’s Mike Mayock’s analysis on the pick:
“Fast riser. A big dude that flashes on tape. Every tape you put on, he does some stuff that’s pretty special. The problem is it isn’t all the time. When you take him, you’re betting on him being a more consistent player at the next level.”
Draft analyst Jonah Tuls is pretty high on Jones in this article here. Jones is a durable player who appeared in 49 total games from 2014-17. He was overshadowed by the likes of Bradley Chubb and B.J. Hill, but he had 30-plus tackles in three of his four seasons with the Wolfpack, as well as combined 21.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He is a very good run defender who also has the quickness to get in the backfield. The 6-foot-3, 309-pounder had a decent combine performance and showed off his strength during Senior Bowl practices.
Though Jones was a bit of a reach, this pick (the position) makes sense. I would have preferred a bigger DT with more upside like Virginia Tech’s Tim Settle, but Jones fills a hole in the middle of the defense and will likely compete for snaps at the 3-tech and 1-tech in Gus Bradley’s scheme. I can see them taking another defensive tackle on Day 3.
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) April 28, 2018