Ever heard the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? Oh, you have? Well then meet Chandler Jones. Some people can’t stop talking about how great he is, others can’t stop talking about how overrated he is. Let me show you what I’m talking about.
Josh Norris, draft writer for Rotoworld, doesn’t like him much.
@IgglesNest Not his biggest fan
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 24, 2012
Ryan Riddle, former NFL player and budding draft nik doesn’t see much to like either.
Dont'a Hightower is a better 43 DE than Chandler Jones! Yup thats right
— Ryan Riddle (@Ryan_Riddle) April 24, 2012
In general, draftniks present a unified front against Chandler Jones.
But then the experts and NFL Draft types just can’t get enough.
7. Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
8. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
9. Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
10. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Greg Cosell projected him to the Eagles in his full meta mock draft saying:
With that said, the pick is Chandler Jones from Syracuse. Jones has an intriguing combination of size, length and athletic movement. I think of Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn, and I could easily envision Washburn looking at Jones, and seeing a better version of Jason Jones, whom Washburn coached in Tennessee for 3 years.
Mike Lombardi, NFL analyst and former NFL general manager has even gone so far as to compare Chandler Jones to Jason Pierre-Paul.
And the ESPN talking heads just loooooooove Chandler Jones. Todd McShay says that “I think the most underrated player maybe in the entire draft and certainly among defensive linemen is Chandler Jones.” And Mel Kiper said this in a mock draft earlier this month:
Listed as a defensive end at Syracuse, Jones has the talent, upside and a great frame to make the move to OLB in a pass-rushing role. He’s still a little raw, but the instincts are there and offensive linemen have a really tough time getting their hands on him. Could blossom into a star for the Chargers.
And ESPN’s third wheel Kevin Weidl loves Chandler Jones just as much.
Glad to see C. Jones getting the praise he deserves. @McShay13, @SteveMuenchESPN and I have loved him since seeing his tape in January.
— Kevin Weidl (@KevinW_ESPN) April 24, 2012
Opinions, everyones got one. But not all opinions are created equal and one side of this debate is going to end up looking smarter a few years down the line. Which side? I’ll throw my opinion hat into the ring after the page break.