Good morning, Chargers fans!
In a very early 2023 mock draft from CBS Sports, NFL analyst Chris Trapasso believes the Chargers must continue to reinforce the secondary which is why he has them selecting Texas A&M cornerback Jaylon Jones with the 22nd-overall pick.
“The Chargers seem to have a quality defense on paper, the results just haven’t been there,” says Trapasso. “Jones would add even more high-end talent to that secondary.”
The defense needs help. That’s for sure. But is cornerback the way to go after the team just spent big money on J.C. Jackson? Yes, he’s been bad, but it’d be bad resource management to spend another pick at the position when you’ve got 4 bodies there who will be together again in 2023.
Jones is a lengthy 6’2, 205-pound defender with three career interceptions in 2+ years for the Aggies. He’s a physical corner that plays to his size at the catch point and in the run game. He’s mainly a zone corner but can mix it up in man, as well.
Again, cornerback sounds awfully redundant in 2023, especially after the team added two corners on day three earlier this year, but it could be several years before they actually contribute to the defense.
Let me know your thoughts on the pick below and whether you’d be content with the team spending a first-rounder on someone like Jones.
And now for today’s links.
The Chargers believe in their roster following inactivity at the trade deadline (Chargers.com)
Keenan Allen suffered another setback during the bye week in regards to his hamstring injury (Chargers Wire)
Could Joe Reed help a battered Chargers receiver group? (Bolt Beat)
Odds and ends for Chargers vs. Falcons (Charger Report)
Bill Barnwell attempts to make sense of the all the trade deadline moves (ESPN+)
Derrick Henry was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month (Pro Football Talk)
Midseason grades for all 32 teams (CBS Sports)
T.J. Hockenson is ready to win some games “for the first time” (NFL.com)
Winners and losers of the NFL trade deadline (The RInger)