3 reasons Chicago Bears may rank Broderick Jones over Peter Skoronski
1. Broderick Jones is the home run swing for a franchise left tackle
If Peter Skoronski is Zack Martin, and Broderick Jones is a huge bust, none of this matters. Still, if you are the Chicago Bears, and you can take a swing at a potential franchise-changing left tackle, when else will you have a shot this good? Maybe if the Panthers are bad next year?
Skoronski could be a great guard, but Broderick Jones has the upside of someone such as Tyron Smith.
They are almost identical from a size and athletic profile perspective.
These are the weakness of Smith coming out of USC, per NFL.com
- Would benefit from adding more bulk to his frame
- Does not have natural football instincts
- Overall awareness is lacking
- Can be baited by stunts and twists
- Does not recognize the blitz as quickly as you'd like to see
- Can be beat by speed-to-power pass rushing moves
These are the weaknesses of Broderick Jones
- Less than two full seasons of starting experience at left tackle.
- Needs to keep his chin tucked and back flat in protection.
- Punch comes from outside angles and is slow to stick the rusher.
- Gives early ground when challenged by power rush.
- Doesn’t fit up run blocks in one, fluid motion.
- Will need to improve play strength as a pro.
- Tends to duck head and lose sight into first contact
Both of them could add more bulk, and both needed help against the power rush. Both of them have questions that come down to needing a bit of refinement through playing time. That brings up the last big difference.
Skoronski has 1,259 snaps while Jones has 665 snaps. That could speak to Skoronski coming in as the better, more prepared player, but what it also says is that we have not seen close to the best of Broderick Jones yet.
Coming out of high school, he was a highly sought after recruit, and he spent a year and a half behind Jamaree Salyer, who is a starter for the Chargers now. In his limited time we have seen immense upside. Skoronski is much more of what you see is what you get. Jones has a chance to hit another ceiling in the NFL.
If the Chicago Bears are going to take the swing, it should be on the player who is already good, but could even show more. Skoronski may not have the high end upside, at least not at tackle, and is closer to the finished product. It is at least worth debating which swing if better