Daquan Jones, DT

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Johnson City, NY
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 322 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.343.031.8525 27 1/28'5"4.787.73

Player Overview

A four-star OL/DL recruit, Jones narrowed his college choice to Penn State or Boston College, choosing the Nittany Lions. He was supposed to redshirt in 2010, but his positive play earned him a valuable role as a freshman and sophomore reserve.

Jones earned a starting job as a junior and set career-bests in 2013 as a senior with 44 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors. He has some explosive traits with the active motor and core strength to be a force - some impressive skills, but the college production doesn't match.

Jones played mostly 3-technique in Happy Valley, but isn't scheme dependent and can play just about anywhere on the DL - best suited as a 1-technique in a four-man front or 5-technique in a three-man front. He is motivated by his family situation, which forced him to grow up quickly. Jones needs some technique work, but is a well-rounded layer with likeable traits - Penn State has had a DT drafted on day two of the NFL Draft each of the last two seasons (Devon Still, Jordan Hill) and Jones will likely extend that streak to a third straight year.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall, well-built frame with a wide base and broad shoulders...quick-footed with flexible ankles, loose hips and good COD skills for the position to bend around blockers...explosive lower body and shoots out of his stance with purpose...active limbs with the body control to rip and sidestep blockers...aggressive to extend and punch with shock in his hands...understands leverage and stays low for a taller interior rusher...fierce on-field competitor with a good motor.

Humble and mature with a good head on his shoulders...hard worker on and off the field with a gentle giant demeanor with his teammates...durable and tough, playing through pain...versatile skill-set and can line up in several spots in even or odd fronts - improved senior season, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal range with below average pursuit skills...inconsistent counter measures and doesn't get enough upfield penetration, struggling to shed blocks...inconsistent snap anticipation...needs to maintain his gap integrity and play assignment sound - not a fundamentally-strong player right now...allows his eyes to wind up in the wrong place and needs to improve his ball awareness...ends up on the ground too much and needs to stay under control with his movements to keep his feet underneath him...might need some time to digest a NFL playbook...marginal career production and resume.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 4/112 - DaQuan Jones, NT, 6-4, 322, Penn State...Jones is the type of defensive lineman the Titans need as they switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 system. He is plenty big to handle the nose tackle role, and also could see some time at the end positions. Jones has a high motor and has some pass-rush ability from the interior, which will help as the Titans make a scheme transition. - The Sports Xchange


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