According to former Ohio State defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones himself, he has a pre-draft visit lined up with the Denver Broncos. Jones told this to reporters after the Ohio State Pro Day concluded.
Ohio State defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones said he has visits planned with the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) March 20, 2019
Running back Mike Weber said he has visits planned with the New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears.
Jones is a 6’3”, 281lb defensive lineman who has 33 3/4” arms and is compared to Nick Fairley according to NFL Network’s draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
Like most players from Ohio State, Jones flourished this past season and had a breakout season for the Buckeyes. He totaled 43 tackles, 13 of which were tackles for a loss and also had 8.5 sacks for Urban Meyer’s defense.
Here is Zeirlein’s overview on Jones from his NFL.com scouting report on him.
Jones is an extremely athletic one-gapping three-technique with the ability to play a disruptive brand of football on all three downs. His potential has never been in doubt, but in 2018 the production finally matched the talent. His body type and playing style will open him up to more feast-or-famine snaps than some of the other defensive tackles in this draft, but in the right scheme, he can become part of a swarm unit that plays on the other side of the ball.
This is the sort of player the Broncos have been missing since Malik Jackson signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. They did draft DeMarcus Walker in the second round just two seasons ago, but the former Florida State pass rusher appears to be a bit of a bust for the Broncos. So newly hired Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio could be looking for his own interior pass rusher to join the Broncos defensive line.
I’d expect Jones to go sometime on day two of the 2019 NFL Draft. I could see him being an option for the Broncos in the second of third rounds of the draft.