Daquan Jones   DT   Penn St

TALENT BOARD ROUND 2

STRENGTHS
Daquan is an underrated defensive lineman in this draft. He has the quickness off the snap to play multiple positions in any defensive front. He has natural strength that seems to get stronger the longer he plays and has the mental and physical stamina that allows him be productive, without using rotation to get the most out of him. Along with his quickness he comes off the ball on every down at the correct pad level to change the line of scrimmage to his advantage. Daquan has the ability to play in a 2-gap defense, take on double teams and still shed blockers to make a tackle in the hole. He might not be a sack machine, but he can be a disrupter who gets into the backfield. Daquan is very underrated and he will become an impact defensive lineman for the team that drafts him -- the kind of defensive lineman that will do his job while others around him make the plays.

CONCERNS
Daquan is not a sack machine because he lacks the change of direction agility and true foot speed to finish once he gets into the backfield. He doesn’t lack for effort, quickness or strength and, when used as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense, he is much better at tracking down and making plays in the backfield. Because Daquan lacks change of direction skills it is hard for him to be used in stunts, but give him a straight line and he can make a play.

BOTTOM LINE
Daquan can play on the nose, straight up or on the outside in a 3-4 defense. He can also play defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense, but because Daquan has such good strength and quickness as well as mature hand techniques, you want to give Daquan a little bit of space to work and have him go up against double teams on the outside rather than doubles on the inside. If he plays in a 3-4 defense as a Defensive End, Daquan can get into the backfield quickly and put pressure on the offensive scheme. He won’t have to worry about what direction the QB will go in, he can pressure and force the Quarterback to the sidelines or up the field into a teammate or make a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Daquan has to be accounted for in a 3-4 defense, but in a 4-3 defense, the inside guards and center can neutralize his quickness. On the outside, if he goes up against a right tackle and tight end, his strength and quickness will be magnified and will become a disruptive and impacting player against the run and the pass. Most teams will downgrade Daquan because of his lack of pure athletic talent but it’s “how” Daquan plays the game that is so appealing to me. He stuffs the run and if he can’t get to the quarterback, his hands go up to knock the ball down. He may not be a double digit sack guy, but he will be a disruptive force on every down, a core player and a fan favorite.

Drew Boylhart
APR/2014