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4 potential Andre Roberts replacements for the LA Chargers

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Velus Jones Jr.
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3. Velus Jones Jr.

If the LA Chargers are going to draft a wide receiver to be a return specialist and add some offensive impact to the roster then they will probably do so in day three of the draft. While drafting a receiver earlier in the draft is possible if Mike Williams walks, the Chargers should not be spending earlier than a fourth-round pick on a returner.

That puts Velus Jones right in the Chargers range if they do want to go in this direction. The Draft Network ranks Jones as the 161st prospect in the 2022 draft class. Anything can happen, especially with the NFL Combine, but Jones should be available for the Bolts to take in the fifth round with the 159th overall pick.

The Chargers took a Tennessee receiver in Joshua Palmer last year so perhaps there is already some scouting work done on Jones that has given him a head start on other potential candidates. Tom Telesco also loves to take prospects that showed up at the Senior Bowl and Jones played pretty well, finishing with four catches for 53 yards (including this highlight reel catch).

Those two things may already put Jones on the team's radar and he would be a solid return man at the next level for an NFL team. Jones is dangerous with the ball in his hands and while he is raw as a receiver, his athleticism and wiggle with the ball will translate to the NFL.

Jones is also a bit old for a draft prospect as he will be 25 before the 2022 season starts. While that might lower his ceiling, that does raise his floor as an instant impact as a returner.