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Dre'Mont Jones | Defensive Tackle

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 286

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Ohio State redshirt junior DT Dre'Mont Jones announced that he will enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
Jones is going off to the NFL, but he's got one more game in an Ohio State uniform; as he announced he'll play in the Rose Bowl against Washington. The 6-foot-3, 286-pound defender has been highly productive with the Buckeyes, and finishes 2018 with 8.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. This is a loaded defensive tackle class, but Jones still could be a first-round pick because of his inside pass-rushing ability, and he ranks ninth among defensive tackles in Mel Kiper's recently released draft board. Dec 12 - 6:17 PM

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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline had redshirt junior DT Dre'Mont Jones selected with the No. 10 overall pick in his latest mock.

Pauline's quick-hitting analysis is that "Jones is a terrific pass rusher who will grow into a stout run defender." Jones has been a monster this season recording a sack in 4-of-6 games this year and forced a fumble against Indiana. Even in a 2019 class that's loaded with defensive talent Jones has a solid chance of going inside the top-10 picks.
Oct 7 - 11:47 AM

Ohio State redshirt junior DT Dre'Mont Jones ranks third among all defenders in college football in rating per Pro Football Focus.

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defender ranks behind the dynamic duo of Quinnen Williams and Deionte Thompson on defense, and just ahead of his defensive line buddy Nick Bosa. Jones already has four sacks and eight pressures over the three games, and returned an interception for a touchdown on Saturday against TCU. As PFF puts it: "Jones has excellent early-season stats, but his grade has more to do with the disruption he’s created in all phases."
Sep 17 - 7:54 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior DT Dre'Mont Jones returned an interception for a touchdown and had one sack in Saturday's big win over TCU.

Jones (6'3/295) should not be juking and returning interceptions for touchdowns at that size, but when you have his athleticism, you can't be too surprised by anything. Just watch the video in the link below. Aside from that, Jones was able to put pressure on the quarterback on 15.8 percent of his 1-on-1 pass rushes. In Week 1, PFF gave Jones the highest pass-rushing grade of all interior DL. He's having quite the disruptive season.
Sep 16 - 4:06 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior DT Dre'Mont Jones had the highest pass-rushing grade of all interior defensive lineman in Week 1 according to Pro Football Focus.

Jones (6'3/295) was all over Oregon State to kickoff the season. When the dust cleared, Jones was credited with three sacks and a QB hit... and that was just on 20 pass rushes. Clearly a more than capable athlete, Jones is looking to sure up his Day 1 or Day 2 NFL Draft status by improving on his somewhat down 2017 season when he had 31 less tackles than he did the year prior. This was certainly a step in the right direction for the redshirt junior.
Sep 2 - 3:50 PM

The Draft Network's Joe Marino believes Ohio State redshirt junior DT Dre'Mont Jones "must get considerably stronger."

Marino highlights Jones as one of the most overrated prospect in the 2019 draft class and said "Pop on his tape and you will see him regularly getting blasted at the point of attack. Developing far greater play strength is a must for Jones’ current billing to become a reality." He admits Jones has "good burst" and "the ability to get into the backfield with quickness," but believes he shouldn't be selected where analysts are suggesting. Jones is coming off a down year, Jones needs to play better in 2018 to maintain a high draft stock.
Aug 12 - 2:48 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline "fully expect[s]" Ohio State redshirt junior DT Dre'Mont Jones to be a first-round pick.

"When hitting on all cylinders Jones is a difference maker up front and a disruptive force that’s tough to stop," Pauline writes before adding that the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Jones possesses a "nice combination of size, athleticism and explosion." The defensive tackle could have declared for this past draft in January, but opted instead to bring his game back to OSU for at least one more year. Probably a good call. Pauline refers to his 2017 season as "uninspired." On a statistical level, his numbers took a marked drop last year, with Jones recording 31 fewer tackles than he did during the 2016 campaign.
Jul 20 - 12:36 PM

CBS Sports draft writer Chris Trapasso compares Ohio State redshirt junior Dre'Mont Jones to Dominique Easley.

Jones (6'3/295) hasn't put up big numbers, but he's shown flashes of brilliance in his time in Columbus. As Trapasso notes, the statistics don't show his dominance either, as he absorbs blockers and allows linebackers to make plays in the run game. He also notes that Jones will need to be better against double teams, and that he needs to work on counter pass-rushing moves. IF he can improve in those regards, he'll be an early pick next April.
Source: CBS Sports
May 25 - 5:51 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore DT Dre'Mont Jones will return to school for the 2018 season.

Jones (6'3/295) is the second Buckeye to announce on Thursday that he'll be heading back to Columbus, joining WR Parris Campbell who likewise will keep himself out of the draft pool for 2018. For his part, the redshirt sophomore defensive tackle posted 20 tackles (5.0 for loss) and a singular sack in 2017. While the former four-star recruit has athletic upside in spades -- over the summer, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegged him as a potential first-rounder -- his statistical output for the campaign was noticeably down from what he posted in his first active year at OSU. For the 2016 campaign, Jones stepped up to register 51 tackles.
Jan 11 - 7:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs Ohio State redshirt sophomore DT Dre'Mont Jones as a first-round prospect.

Want an idea of how loaded the Buckeyes are on the defensive front this fall? Pauline grades Jones and Sam Hubbard as first-rounders, and he lists Robert Landers, Jalyn Holmes and Ty Lewis as potential Day 2 picks. We won't even get into the prep stars waiting for their turn behind those five. As for Jones, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson compared him to Tamba Hali this spring.
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 01:53:00 PM

Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson likens redshirt sophomore DT Dre'Mont Jones to Tamba Hali.

Johnson coached Hali at Penn State. "He’s close to Tamba Hali," said Johnson. "He would run all day long and Dre’Mont can run like a running back. He can really – very smooth, transitional player. And he’s in great shape." Jones played in all 13 games last season, posting 52 tackles and four TFL. "Dre'Mont Jones is really turning into a fine player here for us," HC Urban Meyer said. "Inside guys [on the defensive line], probably Dre'Mont is the most improved." Ohio State's defensive line is downright fearsome.
Tue, May 9, 2017 12:28:00 PM