Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
After having the luxury of going offense with their top three selections, the Broncos used their third-round pick (71st overall) on their first defensive selection in this draft class.
Dre’Mont Jones was a rotational player in his first couple of seasons at Ohio State, but he burst onto the scene this year and remained productive despite the team’s loss of Nick Bosa on the edge and the added attention for him on the defensive interior.
Though he ran a disappointing 5.12 at the Scouting Combine, Jones explodes off the ball when you watch him on tape.
He’s a gap penetrator, and the Broncos certainly would love to have some more interior pass rush alongside Shelby Harris there.
Jones gives the Broncos options in their nickel defense and with Vic Fangio prioritizing guys who can play multiple positions up front, we’ll see how often Jones is used as a mismatch with centers and guards at the 0, 1, and 3 technique positions.