Broncos Country should keep their eye on second-year DE Dre’Mont Jones.
Like many of his fellow draft picks in 2019 (excluding Dalton Risner), it took a little while for Denver Broncos defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones to make an impact on the field last season. Selected in the third round out of Ohio State, the 6’3″, 281-pound defensive lineman was known for his pass-rushing ability and insane athleticism but wasn’t considered a strong run defender.
This had shown to be the case at the start of his young NFL career as well.
Jones was silent through the first several weeks of the season, not registering a single tackle until week 9 against Cleveland. Over the next five weeks, however, he really started to flash potential.
Beginning in the ill-fated game against the Vikings and going through the Drew Lock show against Detroit, Jones accrued 3 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 5 QB hits, and an INT playing on a line that was missing its second star in Chubb.
If he builds on that performance heading into 2020, AFC West quarterbacks are going to have an even worse experience against Denver than usual.
Where Does He Go From Here?
Under the tutelage of Bill Kollar and entering year two in the NFL, Dre’Mont Jones should be receiving more excitement from Broncos Country than he is.
On a defensive line that now features Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, Jurrell Casey, and fan-favorite Shelby Harris, Jones is being set up for easy success. Even playing rotational snaps, there simply aren’t enough blockers to go around and someone is going to end up getting free.
Considering the attention that any of the aforementioned names will demand, it’s not unreasonable to think that person could be Dre’Mont.
As Drew Lock did, Jones ended the 2019 season on a high note and built himself some momentum going into the offseason. If he continues to refine his pass rush moves under one of the best DL coaches in the league and improves his run defense, Dre’Mont Jones could become more of a household name in 2020.
How many sacks do you think he will rack up next season?