6’4 322 lbs
2013 Stats- 44.5 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 3 sacks
5.35 40 yard dash, 25 bench press reps, 27.5 vertical
DaQuan Jones’ strengths start with his massive build. The 322-pound defensive tackle certainly has enough size to hold down a spot on an NFL defensive line. One of his best strengths stems from his size. It gives him the ability to clog running lanes and avoid being pushed off the ball. Jones has a strong upper body that helps him fight with blockers and hold his ground. While being able to clog space is great, Jones also possesses the ability to get rid of his blocker and locate the ball. Jones can be very dominant at times and this leads to more production for his teammates as focus shifts to him.
While not the fleetest afoot, Jones can show athletic ability while chasing down ball carriers. He can also push back blockers with a strong bull rush helping to collapse the pocket on opposing quarterbacks. The Johnson City, New York native has definite NFL potential and can be very productive in multiple schemes.
Despite possessing NFL caliber strength, Jones’ lack of elite burst and speed makes it tough for him to get to the quarterback. Jones doesn’t have much when it comes to pass rush moves, other than a bull rush. The talented defensive tackle can also struggle getting leverage on blockers. Finally, some draftniks have questioned Jones’ motor, noting he is prone to taking plays off, not unlike many defensive lineman.
Penn State continues to produce talented defensive lineman and Jones is no different. Jones will join Jordan Hill, Jared Odrick, Devon Still and Jack Crawford as recent Penn State D-lineman currently in the NFL. The combination of size and power he employs will certainly help his transition to the NFL game. I expect Jones to be an early 3rd day pick, probably falling somewhere in the 3rd round.
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