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DaQuan Jones NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Titans DT

IOWA CITY, IOWA - OCTOBER 20:  Defensive tackle DaQuan Jones #91of the Penn State Nittany Lions eyes a loose ball during the second quarter fumbled by quarterback James Vandenberg #16 of the Iowa Hawkeyes on October 20, 2012 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Penn State defeated Iowa 38-14. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2014

DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State (HT: 6’3 ¾”, WT: 322 lbs)

Tennessee Titans

Fourth Round: 112th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Kenrick Ellis, DT, New York Jets

Combine Weigh-in
HeightWeightArmHand
603632233 1/2"9 5/8"
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Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeBench
5.351.8125.5"8'5"7.7625
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Positives

  • Occupies blocks and allows teammates to make plays. Sits down in holes and anchors well, proving difficult for blockers to move.
  • Shows some power in his hands, is able to jolt opponents with his punch and attacks the inside shoulder of blockers to disrupt the backfield.
  • Good snap anticipation, gets off the ball fairly quickly and can create an initial push.
  • Displays a good motor, fights to free himself from blocks and appears committed in pursuit. Gives a strong effort for all four quarters.
  • Very good run defender, holds up well against double teams and demonstrates the ability to occupy one or even two gaps.
  • Does a nice job of locating the ball and shows the ability to take the right angle in space.
  • Excellent size with enough length. Has played at weights over 330 pounds but looked quicker after shedding it.
  • Capable of playing in multiple defensive fronts. Has experience playing 1-tech and 3-tech in a 4-3 along with nose tackle and 5-tech in a 3-4; he could potentially adapt to most schemes in the NFL.
  • When playing with good pad level, he makes it difficult to blow him off the ball or stop his momentum.
  • Flashes a swim move to beat his man.
  • Is making strides on the field; he experienced a breakout senior season and has a lot of room for growth given the right attitude and coaching.
  • Was durable throughout his college career with no history of significant injury.

Negatives

  • Needs to extend his arms and improve his hand use; he urrently does not utilize his length often enough and makes it easy for opponents to get into his pads.
  • Not overly athletic, lacks foot speed and does not change direction well. Turned in a very average workout at the NFL Scouting Combine.
  • Stands straight up off the snap occasionally, sacrificing his leverage.
  • Does not offer much as a pass-rusher; he's not quick enough to get off blocks and may lack the explosiveness necessary to close the gap on the quarterback at the next level.
  • Lacks countermoves and does not have the quickness required to penetrate consistently.
  • Limited in pursuit due to athletic deficiencies.
  • Failed to stand out in his position group at the Senior Bowl; he looked very ordinary in one-on-one drills where his struggles to get off blocks were magnified.
  • Was not very productive during his time at Penn State, recording only 15.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Could be considered somewhat of a one-year wonder.

 

Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesTFLSacksFFPD
2010Penn State62.01.000
2011Penn State80.00.000
2012Penn State222.00.501
2013Penn State5611.53.000
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/daquan_jones_717373.html

 

Personal Notes

  • First-team All-Big 10 2013.
  • Criminology major.
  • Overcame odds growing up, living mostly in poverty as his mother struggled with addiction.

 

 Ratings Chart

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Overall

A very good run defender capable of occupying gaps and locating the football, DaQuan Jones enjoyed a breakout senior season after shedding roughly 15 pounds. With experience in both a three- and four-man front, he could conceivably appeal to any number of defensive schemes. His best fit at the next level may be in a 4-3 as a 1-tech, and it is possible he sees the field immediately on running downs as a rotational player.

 

Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

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