With the 121st pick in this LA Chargers mock draft, the Bolts select Velus Jones Jr., WR, Tennessee
With the Bolts' third selection of the draft, they take Tennessee Volunteers WR Velus Jones Jr. is a veteran at the college level, playing six seasons in the NCAA with USC and Tennessee.
Jones will be 25 by the time week 1 of his rookie season rolls around, however, this should be overlooked given the skillset he can provide. During his career, Jones took the majority of his offensive snaps in the slot receiver position. Obviously, Keenan Allen will continue to occupy that role, however, having a backup slot option who has a very different skillset will come in handy to the team.
Despite running a very limited route tree, Jones's ability near the line of scrimmage with the ball in his hands can be frightening. After running a 4.31 40-yard dash, the Bolts would be wise to acquire Jones Jr. and manufacture lots of touches for the speedster. Joe Lombardi's offense lacked a legitimate YAC receiver last season, and the Tennessee product could certainly provide that.
Jones Jr. also provides special teams value as a kick and punt returner, as well as a gunner. Considering Andre Roberts's future remains in doubt as he's slated to become a UFA, Jones Jr. could slide into the role Roberts occupied down the stretch quite easily.
Coach Staley preaches the need for speed and versatility throughout his 53-man roster, and Velus Jones Jr. can provide just that.