For most, San Jose State's pro day on Wednesday was noteworthy mainly because of quarterback David Fales.
The Vikings were busy attending the pro day of quarterback Blake Bortles across the country at the University of Central Florida, but Fales told the Sacramento Bee that he had a private workout scheduled with the Vikings this weekend.
If his same set of receivers was present as those at his pro day, there will be another Vikings connection present. One of Fales' receivers at San Jose State was Chandler Jones, the son of former Vikings receiver Mike Jones, who played for the Vikings from 1983-85.
Mike Jones is now the offensive coordinator with his alma mater, Tennessee State University after various coaching jobs with the Toronto Argonauts (2010) of the Canadian Football League and Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe (2004-07).
Chandler Jones put on a show at San Jose State's pro day, despite barely making the draft radar of many analysts. He ran 40-yard dashes of 4.37 and 4.34, according to one NFL scout in attendance, and posted a vertical jump of 33½ inches and long jump of 9-foot-9.
His dad played seven seasons in the NFL, with some of his most productive years at the start of his career with the Vikings. As a rookie, Mike Jones caught just six passes, but he became more involved with the offense in 1984, when he caught 38 passes for 591 yards and a touchdown. The next year, his final season with the Vikings, Mike posted 46 receptions for 641 yards and four touchdowns – the second two categories being career highs for him.
His speed shined through with his 40-yard dash time, but it should have been further confirmation of his production with Fales.
Jones finished as San Jose State's career leader in receptions (248) and touchdown receptions (29) and second in receiving yardage (3,089).
He was the first freshman in school history to catch 50 or more passes, and he had at least that many in each of his four years with the Spartans. He had 10 games with 100 yards receiving or more.
His most productive season was his last. In 2013, Chandler Jones had 79 catches for 1,356 yards and a single-season school record 15 touchdowns. Those totals included three touchdown catches and a career-high 197 yards against the Minnesota Gophers on Sept. 21.
Jones might not get drafted, but if the Vikings are looking for receiver depth (likely in the slot) with speed to burn, they might consider signing the son of a former Viking once the draft is done.
Tim Yotter is the publisher of Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.
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