The San Diego Chargers did a great job in 2013 to get production from their first three draft picks, including sleeper pick Keenan Allen in the third round. Wide receiver T.J. Jones (Notre Dame) could be a mid-round pick and an impact player for San Diego.
Jones is a WR who projects to be available between rounds 4-5. His 2013 season was his breakout year as he amassed 1,108 yards and two touchdowns on 70 receptions. It’s noted that he has some experience in punt returns, but his average speed might not be ideal for an NFL special teams unit.
At receiver, the Chargers currently have Allen, Seyi Ajirotutu, Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal. One can assume Danario Alexander has seen his last snaps from Philip Rivers. Another concern with the receivers is Floyd’s health and future in the NFL, and Tom Telesco would be smart to use the draft to shore up the position which needs another impact player alongside Allen.
The Chargers don’t need to have deep threat, but allowing slippery players like Jones to succeed in space has that same effect. Allen created space with crossing patterns and exploiting the middle of the field. The Chargers shouldn’t have to draft an offensive player at pick No. 25. Defense is a priority, especially considering that the secondary gave up an average of 258.7 yards per game. Jones is guy who could shine alongside Allen in San Diego.