Penn State fans are used to seeing standout defensive tackle DaQuan Jones play in a navy blue and white uniform. The next time we see him on the field, however, he’ll be in a lighter shade of blue.
Jones was selected with the 112th pick in the 4th round of the NFL Draft today by the Tennessee Titans. He was the 20th defensive lineman selected through the first four rounds, and the second Penn Stater drafted this weekend.
Jones was a team captain last year, tallied 56 tackles and 3.0 sacks during his senior season, and was selected to play in this year’s Senior Bowl. His best performance was against Eastern Michigan in last year’s home opener, when he recorded 9 tackles and a sack. Jones is the fourth Penn Stater drafted by the Titans in the franchise’s history, but he’ll be the only Penn Stater on the current roster.
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NFL Draft expert Nolan Nawrocki had this to say about Jones: “[He’s a] big, strong-bodied interior force who shed weight and improved his stamina as a senior, displaying NFL-caliber physicality in the trenches. He’s been inconsistent in the past, but if the light has come on, Jones’ combination of size, power and movement enables him to play as a 4-3 one-technique or 3-4 five-technique.”
Jones will try to help the Titans improve their 17th ranked scoring defense and 20th ranked rushing defense. The Titans also finished 21st in the league with 36 sacks.