Justin Jones NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Los Angeles Chargers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 04:  Justin Jones #27 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts after a play as Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers walks off the field during their game at Carter Finley Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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POSITIVES

—Adequate lateral quickness to make plays outside the tackle box.

—Uses his hands to beat blockers with punches, rips, swims and slaps.

—Keeps fighting through double-teams and never gives up on a play.

—Good upper strength and hand use on punches.

—Long arms and wide base.

                  

NEGATIVES

—Made a lot of plays due to competing alongside two other great defensive linemen, Bradley Chubb and B.J. Hill.

—Sidesteps blockers and puts himself out of position.

—Plays with a stiff lower body, especially in his hips and ankles.

—Has a slow start off the ball and lets blockers get into his frame.

—Doesn't offer much ability as a pass-rusher and is a two-down lineman.

              

OVERALL

Jones was a productive player as one of four senior starters on the NC State defensive line. He plays with solid upper-body strength and good hand use, but he will struggle to get off blockers due to slow reaction off the ball. Too many times he let blockers drive him out of the play because he was trying to diagnose plays instead of reading and reacting.

            

GRADE: 5.70 (Round 5)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Kawann Short, Carolina Panthers

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