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Naquan Jones NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Tennessee Titans DL

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 2, 2021

Michigan State defensive tackle Naquan Jones (93) reacts after sacking Michigan quarterback Joe Milton during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Carlos Osorio/Associated Press


HEIGHT:
 6'3 3/8"

WEIGHT: 313 lbs

       

POSITIVES

—Has the frame of an NFL nose guard.

—He is still able to get skinny despite his large size.

—Strength, both in the upper and lower body, is a positive trait for Jones.

         

NEGATIVES

—Plays with high pad level that could keep him off the field in the NFL.

—Penetration skills are not great, which contributes to his lack of production.

—Was never a full-time starter, always a rotational or situational player.

—Still a very raw player from a technical standpoint.

       

2020 STATISTICS

24 TKL, 5 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 FR

       

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—Only started five games in his college career.

—Was a highly recruited prep who turned down an Ohio State offer.

        

OVERALL

Naquan Jones is a physically gifted nose guard prospect who was used as a rotational player at Michigan State after being a highly touted high school prospect. Playing with better pad level and improving his conditioning will be crucial to him holding down a roster spot long term, but he has the physical traits that the league is looking for on the interior.

Nose tackle may be harder for him to play, because of his lack of penetration skills, but nose guard is a role in which he could develop into a future starter.

      

GRADE: 6.8/10 (Round 5)

OVERALL RANK195/300

POSITION RANKDL17

PRO COMPARISON: Johnathan Hankins

       

Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda

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