DaQuan Jones – Defensive Tackle
Jones is a 4th year senior and a 2 year starter at defensive tackle. In the first two games this year he has 18 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. In the game versus Eastern Michigan Jones I had Jones for 9 total tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Jones has good size for a defensive tackle. At about 6’3 – 304. He usually lines up in a 1 or 2 technique but will be at the 3 technique on some downs. He is not an explosive, flashy athlete but rather a good blue collar type who plays hard every down. He has good overall athleticism with balance, quickness and good change of direction. He doesn’t have great speed, I would estimate his play speed at 5.15 – 5.20. He has good snap reaction and good initial quickness. He is quick to react with good instincts. He is around the ball. He shows strength and power at the point of attack and can get rid of blocks fairly quickly. He plays with bend and you don’t see him get knocked off the ball. He can handle a double team block. He makes a number of tackles because he is around the ball and can get rid of blocks. He is not flashy as a pass rusher, showing more bull rush than moves. He will flash a counter move but that is not his game. He has an adequate burst to the quarterback.
Overall, Jones doesn’t jump out at you but you look at the stat sheet and you see he has made a number of plays. He should be able to play in either a 3 or 4 man front, but may be best suited to play in a 4 man. In a 3 man front I see him at 4 or 5 technique. Would need to add bulk to play on the nose. At this time I see his ceiling as a 2nd round pick but will probably end up going in the 3rd. Interesting guy to look to upgrade later in the season.