Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. has a piece today that looks at five players who stood out at the NFL combine but are without true position fits in the NFL.
As he considers where they might play in the NFL and who might want them, the Jacksonville Jaguars popped up.
Muench thinks Syracuse tweener Chandler Jones could be a good fit for Jacksonville early in the second round.
Here is what Muench writes on Jones:
“Coverage drills at the combine exposed some tightness in his hips, and Jones (6-5, 266) didn't show great body control throughout the workout. He's capable of dropping into coverage on occasion and could still line up at outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but he looks like a much better fit at defensive end. The good news is he had a strong workout for an end prospect.
“Jones laid down a quick 10-yard split (1.63) and showed good bend during drills, and there's also a lot to like about his arm length (35.4 inches) and upper-body strength. His 22 reps on the bench press are slightly below the four-year average for ends, but given his arm length it's a noteworthy number. Jones is on the fringe of the first round, where the New England Patriots (Nos. 27 and 31) could be looking for help along the line. The Jacksonville Jaguars are another possible fit early in the second round.”
The Jaguars could address defensive end in free agency, but adding Jones in the second round would be fine, too. If they don’t get a veteran end, they could feel more urgency regarding the position at No. 7 overall.