Defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones’ versatility could allow him to be a star in the Denver Broncos defense.
When the Denver Broncos selected Dre’Mont Jones in the 2019 NFL Draft, it was noted that he has the ability to play anywhere along the defensive line. That should please everybody in Broncos Country, especially defensive line coach Bill Kollar.
The decision to let defensive tackle Domata Peko walk in free agency created a hole in the defensive line. They will still have Shelby Harris, who has been a great addition to the Denver Broncos defense. Adding Jones should help tremendously.
The Broncos are running a 3-4 defense, which means there will be three defensive linemen and four linebackers on the field in their base look. That alone does not make it sound like Jones could have an impact. However, defensive linemen are situational players and I have a strong feeling that we will see Jones on the field quite a bit.
It is difficult to take players like Derek Wolfe off the field because of how good he is and the presence that he brings in the huddle and against opposing offenses. It is possible that we could see packages that involve Wolfe, Harris, and Jones.
Jones should be an important player against the run. The Broncos will face running backs like Melvin Gordon (twice), LeSean McCoy, Kareem Hunt, Derrick Henry, and Tarik Cohen.
In 14 games during the 2018 season at Ohio State, Jones recorded 13 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.
I also expect Jones to make an impact at the defensive end position on some occasions.
With a defensive mastermind at head coach in Vic Fangio as well as defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, Jones should be a crucial player in the Denver Broncos’ defense. I have a strong suspicion that he is going to make a huge difference in the roles that he will take on.