PFF scouting report: D.J. Jones, DI, Ole Miss

The PFF analysis team breaks down the prospects of Mississippi's D.J. Jones ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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PFF scouting report: D.J. Jones, DI, Ole Miss

Name: D.J. Jones

School: Mississippi

Position fit: Defensive tackle

Stats to know: 18 run stops in 2015 and 13 run stops in 2016.

What he does best:

  • Wins inside with lateral agility to get around blockers in a hurry.
  • Highly effective on stunts and has the range to stunt more than one gap over.
  • Stays after plays and will make impressive tackles in pursuit for a big man.
  • Effective swim move to routinely get around guards and centers.
  • Good instincts to recognize he is being let upfield on screens.
  • Plays with good low pad level and can really get under a blocker’s pads.
  • Uses his peripheral vision to avoid blocks while finding the ball on misdirection plays.
  • Agility and balance to avoid cut blocks and stay in the play.
  • Can use his natural leverage advantage to win quickly in the engagement.
  • Has the quickness to play one-gap techniques or the shedding ability to play two-gaps.
  • Graded positively as a pass-rusher and a run-defender for two-straight seasons.

Biggest concern:

  • Pass-rush wasn’t consistent and came in spurts during the season.
  • Overall grades dipped significantly after Week 1 game against Florida State.
  • Has only played 47 percent of defensive snaps each of the last two seasons.
  • Needs more pass-rush moves other than his effective swim move.
  • Only two sacks, one hit and six hurries on 208 pass-rush snaps in 2016.

Player comparison: Vernon Butler, Carolina Panthers

Jones’s build and foot quickness and ability to stunt and generate pass-rush pressure is similar to a shorter Butler. Jones won’t be drafted as highly as Butler was selected by the Panthers but he can provide rotational snaps with a similar style of play.

Bottom line: Jones plays with a naturally low pad level and when combined with his height gives him a natural leverage advantage over taller offensive linemen. Jones can play rotational snaps on the interior of defensive line and if he can generate a more consistent pass-rush could possibly push for a starting role down the line. Jones is worth investing a Day 3 pick in the draft.

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