SJSU Receiver & Draft Prospect Chandler Jones Opens up to AOB

March 12, 2014 • John Ulecka • Front Page, Interviews, NFL Draft

2014 NFL Draft Prospect
5’10″/180 pounds
2012 2nd Team All-WAC
2013 1st Team All-Mountain West

San Jose State Career Leader in receptions (248) and touchdowns (29)
Single-season record for receiving touchdowns (15 in 2013)

When fellow NFL Draft prospect/SJS teammate Noel Grigsby was lost for the season, Jones stepped up in a big way (79 catches for 1,356 yards and 15 TDs). Jones is not the biggest wide receiver, but his natural burst and acceleration will help him create separation in the slot. He can also contribute on special teams which will certainly make NFL teams take a look at the San Jose St. product come draft time.

Jones took the time to answer some of our questions regarding his path to discovering his dream of playing in the National Football League:

All-Out Blitz: What’s your most memorable college moment at SJ St?

Chandler Jones: “My most memorable college moment at SJSU would have to be between two different exciting times. 1 would be when we went to the Military Bowl. It was a great experience being able to roam DC and learn so much. Also winning the game was a big moment. 2 would be when we won our senior day game against rival Fresno State as they were highly favored and ranked at the time. For that being my last game in a Sjsu uniform it definitely was a great way to end my career.”

AOB: Who is your biggest role model in your life, and why?

Jones: “My biggest role model in my life was my mother Simone Clinton. She raised me and taught many so many values, and she is such a hard worker that I learned the meaning of truly working hard in order to be successful. My best friend’s Dad, who passed away was also a big role model in my life. He was an LAPD Swat officer who passed away in the line of duty. He was my football coach when I played pop warner in 8th grade and he instilled in me discipline and showed me what it was like to raise a family and how I should present myself as a young man.”

AOB: When Grigsby went down with injury did you feel the pressure to be the team’s No. 1 target?

Jones: “Losing Noel was a tough loss for our team. He was a vocal leader as well as a brother to me. Without him on the field this past season was different, after being so comfortable with him out there on the field with me for four years. This year being at practice and noticing him not suiting up each week was disheartening. Especially because I know the type of person Noel is. He is competitive and will do what ever the team asks or needs in order to be successful. With all that said I wouldn’t say I felt pressured. Noel and I came in with a chip on our shoulder and knew that we had to work hard. We didn’t have anything given to us and went out and took what was ours. So all the hard work that we put in together prepared me to be the #1 target. Although I wish he could’ve been out there with me senior year. I would’ve done anything to have him out there with me.”

AOB: Do you think being in the Mountain West helped you develop as an NFL prospect?

Jones: “I don’t know if being in the Mountain West necessarily helped me develop. We played a lot of those teams previously in the WAC and competed against teams like Fresno, Hawaii, Nevada, Boise, etc previously in my career. No matter who the competition was, I was going to go out there and compete and put my best foot forward. I think SJSU’s move to the MWC was huge for the program. Helping us get more TV games and things like that.”

AOB: What has the pre-draft process been like for you?

Jones: “It has been good to me. The opportunity to go play in the East West Shrine game has been fun and was a good experience. Then the training aspect of it has also been really good. It’s a lot different because you have to discipline yourself. It’s not like college where you are going to class and have mandatory team workouts Monday-Friday or something like that. It is up to you to get up go workout and better prepare yourself for the next level. So I have enjoyed this process. Seeing myself develop and get bigger, faster, and stronger has been exciting.”

AOB: What do you offer to NFL teams?

Jones: “I think I offer a lot to teams. I’m a guy who started as a walk on went out and made a name for myself. I had to work hard to do that. I am a guy who off the field doesn’t have any issues and won’t be of concern off the field. My father who played receiver in the NFL and now coaches college football mentors me along the way. With studying the game and improving my skill set. I am always working to try and perfect the craft of receiver, which is something that will never be perfect. Yet, I’m constantly working.”

You can also check out the interviews we conducted with Jones’ San Jose State teammates and fellow NFL Draft prospects Noel Grigsby and Bene’ Benikwere here:
Grigsby interview
Benikwere interview

Photo: Spartan Daily

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