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Penn State's DaQuan Jones is considered one of the draft's top defensive tackles.
Weight 322 lbs
One of the top defensive tackles in the draft, capable of shedding blocks and is an excellent bull rusher who can destroy a pocket. A disruptive force inside with good athleticism, he needs to improve his every-down consistency and overall conditioning. He is a better interior player than an edge player/pass rusher. He has excellent combination of power, agility and size and improved as a senior.
Jones was a highly productive player for Penn State and could fit in well on the Titans’ new 3-4 defensive scheme. Tennessee has an abundance of defensive linemen but is looking to get younger at the position. Jones will not have to start immediately, but can sit while learning – his production makes him a solid developmental player with big upside.
Jones leaves a large presence to fill on Penn State’s defensive line. Sophomore Austin Johnson was impressive as the top reserve defensive tackle, making 27 tackles with three tackles for loss and a sack. Beyond him, junior college transfer Tarow Barney, who enrolled in January, could also make an impact. He stands 6’1”, 290 pounds and is physically ready to play.
Tyrone Smith should also contribute this fall. Reserves Brian Gaia, Derek Dowrey, Parker Cothren and Antoine White will also battle for time.