4. Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
When the Broncos were coming up in the third round at pick 71 overall, I have to be honest and tell you that I did not care what they did.
I had some ideas — maybe DK Metcalf would fall (he didn’t), or maybe the Broncos should take advantage of the wide receiver depth in this draft in general and take Emanuel Hall (they didn’t and no one else did the entire draft) — but I truly was so pleased with the top three picks that this pick could have been just about anyone and I would have been thrilled.
As it turns out, the Broncos got another very solid interior defensive lineman with burst off the snap and the ability to make a bunch of plays in the backfield.
Dre’Mont Jones had very modest production (nine tackles for loss) his first two years seeing playing time with Ohio State, but he broke free this past season with 8.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss, even with Nick Bosa going down with an injury.
Jones is a leaner interior defensive lineman who can line up over the center when needed or at defensive end when needed, but he’s primarily a 3T (plays over the guard) who wins one-on-one situations and with high effort.
He didn’t test as well as he produced this past year, but getting him in the room with Bill Kollar should — as it typically does — work in the Broncos’ favor.