Scouting Report: Chandler Jones, WR, SJSU (UDFA Browns)
Johnny Football's new toy?
Keep an eye on Chandler Jones, the newest Cleveland Brown receiver. This goes double if you are a dynasty or long term GM. Jones was one of our sleepers going into the draft and we’d have already done a report on him if we’d had better film and a little more time. We really took to Jones as we worked through David Fales’ game tape. In fact, we are higher on Jones’ NFL future than we are on Fales, for what that’s worth. Having said that, we do think the SJS QB caught a huge break going to Chicago, where he can learn behind Jay Cutler under the tutelage of HC Marc Trestman.
Back to Jones. Chandler has legit deep speed and he really produced last season to the tune of 79 receptions for 1,356 yards and 15 touchdowns. Now he’s playing with Johnny Manziel. That could work.
Jones was wrongfully denied a Combine invite, but he shined at his Pro Day. Here’s the data.
- Height - 5’9”
- Weight - 185
- 40 - 4.34
- Bench - 13
- 3-Cone Drill - 6.78
- Broad Jump - 117” (9’9”)
- 20 YD Shuttle - 4.37
Those are NFL measurables for a guy who projects primarily as a slot option. That said, Jones was accustomed to being moved around at San Jose State. He has some versatility.
Things we like about Chandler.
- Speed - The kid has jets and that helps him gain separation at the top of the steam as defensive backs have to honor his sub 4.4 speed.
- Quickness - As his tape and his 3-Cone indicate, Chandler has good lateral agility and he should be effective as a slot.
- Routes - We think Jones should get some credit for his routes. They use him from varied locations and he makes a lot of plays. We like his stop-and-go in particular. This kid can work the double move.
- Hands - He’s not Odell Beckham, but Jones makes the catches you want him to make and he’s got very good hands.
- Big play ability - Jones scores touchdowns, and everybody likes touchdowns.
- Production - We like players who improve every year and Jones did that. And, his senior year was outstanding.
Here’s a look at all of Jones’ touchdowns from last season.
The bottom line is obvious. This kid may not have been drafted but we think he should have been. That’s where the bad news ends for Jones, who is now on Johnny Football’s team, and the Browns’ depth chart is an unmitigated disaster. Between Josh Gordon’s looming suspension and Nate Burleson’s freshly re-broken arm, there’s opportunity everywhere.
This is definitely one of the UDFAs with a legit chance to produce right away. Keep an eye on him and consider using a pick in rookie drafts depending on your league’s size and roster limits. Chandler also has a legit chance to move up if he's getting plus reviews in camp.
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Other 2014 Scouting Reports:
- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A & M
- Dustin Vaughan, QB, West Texas A & M
- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
- Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
- Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
- Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
- L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri
- Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
- Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
- Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
- Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
- Dri Archer, RB, Kent State
- Terrance West, RB, Towson
- Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern
- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
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