5. Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State 6-3, 283 (1)
Career Statistics: 114 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, 4 broken up passes
Why Dre’Mont Jones Is Here On The List: If it’s possible to be an All-Big Ten star and a sure thing first round draft pick and still be underappreciated, that’s Jones.
The stats are fine, but he took over at times as a junior for a defense that was way too leaky for way too long. He was the pass rusher from the interior when Nick Bosa went out, and he turned into the star up front who was able to come up with big plays in big moment.
He might be undersized, but he’s way too quick for most interior offensive linemen. There will be problems against the mashers, but as a 3-4 end or a 4-3 tackle, he’ll be deadly.
What The NFL Types Want To See: His quickness and athleticism have to be at a whole other level. He’s not going to be big enough for some teams, and he’s not going to be a big bulky run stuffer, but if he can be sold by the scouts as a disruptive force in the backfield like a lesser Aaron Donald, a good workout would make that happen.
Bottom Line: This is a bad year to be a star defensive tackle prospect. In most drafts, he’d be a sure-thing top 15 pick, but he might end up being the fifth or sixth off the board just because the position is so deep. Even so, interior linemen with his quickness are rare.