Jones will be in the mix for moderate playing time his rookie season. His sheer size at 6'4" makes him very intriguing. He also has enough athleticism to possibly even see some time at defensive end.
Mike Mayock of NFL.com says Jones will provide instant value to a team, but just needs to become more consistent. Not a bad grade for a player that could have easily gone a round or two earlier.
You have to question how the Titans resisted the urge to not take a quarterback here. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean said Ken Whisenhunt considered taking a quarterback here.
Whisenhunt said #Titans considered QB in fourth round. Team has gone D so far on Saturday tho
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) May 10, 2014
Defensive tackle probably wasn't the top need when this pick came up, but the team did need to bulk up its defensive line at some point. Passing up on Jones, who has so much upside, was probably too hard to resist.
This brings in serious competition at defensive tackle for players not named Jurrell Casey on the Titans roster. He has that kind of potential to make an impact. Players like Karl Klug, Mike Martin and Sammie Lee Hill will all have to battle with Jones for roster position in training camp.
Jones was a team captain for Penn State and finished off his collegiate career on a very strong note, logging 11.5 sacks and 56 tackles.
He won't put up numbers anywhere near that his rookie season, but modest production is not crazy to expect.
If Jones can just stay focused, then this will end up being a very solid pick. The Titans get anther instant contributor to the defense with this pick.