Denver Broncos: Analyzing the impact of each draft pick
Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
Everything that happened after the top three picks in the draft was filler after a bunch of excitement. This is not to take away from the value of these next few picks Denver made in the NFL Draft.
Dre’Mont Jones, at least on the surface, will have an impact in year one. Maybe not as a starter right away, but his impact will be felt in the nickel packages.
Jones is a surprisingly productive lineman who shows burst to get in the backfield with regularity. The Denver Broncos would love to see consistent pressure from any part of the defensive front. Whether that is from the Outside Linebackers/Edge Rushers or on the interior. It does not matter where the sacks or tackles for loss come from as long as they happen often. Jones can be this guy in nickel spots now and later down the road.
Shelby Harris and Dre’Mont Jones might be a dynamic duo together. The two could be interchangeable. Jones seems like a poor man’s Ed Oliver. This means Jones will be a defensive end or tackle in the scheme, flexible to play anywhere Vic Fangio wants. The starting unit of the defensive line was always a strong suit. But at times the depth has been in question with the rotation.
If Jones can come in and solidify the next unit initially that will help in the short and long term.