DJ Jones-DT-Ole Miss
Size: 6’1 319lbs

DJ Jones

What you need to know: DJ Jones is a short, stout, and athletic nose tackle who excelled for the Rebels the past two seasons but didn’t earn all-conference honors from SEC coaches or media. The South Carolina native was a top-five junior college recruit nationally after starring at East Mississippi Junior College (21.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks in two years), which won two national championships while he was here. Jones played in every game in 2015, starting three, making 40 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and four sacks. Rebels coaches started him all 12 games in his senior year (30 tackles, three TFL, two sacks).

Strengths:

  • Weight room monster
  • Quick hands
  • Athletic for size
  • Instinctive
  • Balance—rarely see him on the ground

Analysis: Jones has outrageous weight room strength with monster numbers in clean, bench, and squat. Plays low and fires upward strikes to elevate the blocker’s center of gravity. Has the play strength to rip through an edge once he gets to it. Has quick hands and is nice with the swim move. Has necessary play traits to be an effective rusher in the twist game. Rare reactive athleticism and short-area lateral quickness for an interior player.  Keeps hounding runners down the field for the tackle. Instinctive and quickly sniffs out screen passes. Very rarely on ground.

Weaknesses:

  • Short arms, lacks length
  • Too aggressive bursting through line
  • Unable to overpower strong guards at times

Analysis: DJ Jones has a stocky frame with short arms and lacks the length teams like. Lack of size could be an issue against NFL double teams. Motor gets him too juiced at times. Needs to gather himself to prevent running past his target. Was unable to overpower strong guards in man-to-man contest. Productivity fell way off over the second half of the season. Despite his impressive athleticism, lacked impact tackle production.

NFL Comparison: Grady Jarrett

Draft Projection: Round 3

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