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Jones emerged as the All-American fill-in for injured defensive end Nick Bosa, who suffered a groin injury and missed much of the 2018 season.
A starter since the second game of his redshirt freshman season three years ago, Jones was already well known in the scouting community, entering the 2018 campaign with 71 tackles, including nine for loss under his belt after sitting out his first year on campus with a medical redshirt.
While Jones had previously teased with his talent, he emerged as one of the most productive defensive linemen in the Big Ten as a fourth-year junior, far surpassing his previous career totals in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (8.5).
Jones carries his weight well on a sturdy-built frame with good overall weight distribution -- broad shoulders, long arms and a powerful lower half. He has very good initial quickness off the snap, instantly closing the gap between himself and the would-be blocker.
He also shows the agility to get home on twists and stunts, showing good balance and an exciting closing burst when the ball is near. Shows good awareness and upper strength for the drag-down tackle while still being occupied with blockers. Reliable performer, starting in 37 of 39 career games for the Buckeyes after he only played two years in high school, suggesting that his best football may still lie ahead of him.
Finding the right system and position fit will be essential for Jones in the NFL. He lacks ideal bulk for an interior defensive line role and does not possess ideal speed and bend to warrant converting to defensive end. Learning to play with better pad level to avoid getting washed out in the running game will help dictate whether he's more than a role player.
Projection: Third Round
--Field Level Media