However, he's a pretty explosive pass rusher who has the ability to really fire off the football and cleanly change directions laterally. Plays a bit out of control at times, losing his balance and not properly extending his arms into blocks. But, he showcases natural agility in space and better-than-anticipated instincts for a guy who hasn't started over the course of his career.
Has the first step to at least threaten the edge and looks natural working the up and under move, dropping his pad level and fighting his way through blocks. Looks natural sitting into his stance and has the kind of lower half that makes me think he could add some more power and strength and become a better anchor in the run game as well.
However, lacks bend when trying to drop his pad level around the edge, gets too upright and doesn't have the ability to routinely flatten out around the corner.
Impression: Has been productive in his first year as a starter. I like his lower half and think he has some pass rush ability. Could see him as a nickel rusher or a potential 3-4 OLB as well."
Positive: Undersized college defensive end with marginal upside for the next level. Breaks down well, quick off the snap, and easily changes direction or immediately alters his angle of attack. Makes plays down the line of scrimmage, plays with good pad level, and is rarely off his feet.
Negative: Slow finding the ball at times. Controlled at the point by single blocker.
Analysis: Jones is an undersized college speed rusher who cannot get off blocks at the point of attack. He offers potential as a pass rusher that stands up over tackle at the next level if he produces on special teams."
Negatives: Can be run at... Does not get off blocks especially well... Lacks good strength at POA... Injury/durability concerns, has not missed a game in two seasons, has had 10 total surgeries since high school, shoulder and ankle surgeries after 2009 Fiesta Bowl, was urged by coach Mack Brown to consider quitting football, nicknamed "Old Man" by teammates... Technique can get a bit sloppy... Undersized, would need to add 10-15 lbs. of bulk to get some looks as a 4-3 DE."
Jones posted 28 tackles, 2.0 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman in limited action. The following year most of those numbers went down as Jones only tallied eight tackles on the season. By his junior year Jones was beginning to show why he was largely considered the top defensive end coming out of high school. He tallied 23 tackles, 7.0 tackles-for-loss, 5.0 sacks and even returned an interception for a touchdown.
Jones' stock is rising as his senior season continues to be quite impressive. He should test out well at the pre-draft workouts and that could boost his stock up even more. However, Jones' injury concerns will continue to haunt him and even with good showings before the draft, his ceiling is probably in the middle rounds."
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