The 2021 Draft lacks a consensus top prospect at multiple positions. Defensive tackle, EDGE, and cornerback to name a few, but there is quality depth at all of those positions that lack the Quinnen Williams, Chase Young, or Jalen Ramsey type of prospect.
For the EDGE class, one of the more intriguing players is Pittsburgh DE Patrick Jones II. Learn more about Jones below with his official scouting report and exclusive interview that the Talkin’ The Draft podcast did with Jones.
Name: Patrick Jones II
Class: RS Senior
Playing primarily out of a four-point stance (both hands and feet on the ground), Jones II has an old-school, nasty vibe to his game when watching his film at Pittsburgh. Wearing #91, Jones II stands out as both a pass rusher and run defender that plays with excellent explosiveness, first-step burst, and a variety of pass rush moves to beat opposing tackles off the edge. Showcased an inside-rip, inside-swim, euro-step cross chop, dip-and-rip, and spin move off to win off of both edge’s at Pittsburgh. Had a sack against Clemson working off the right side, with a nasty inside swim to sack Trevor Lawerence. Threatens the arch with speed, and showed the ability to redirect at the top of the arch to keep the QB in his sights. Extremely high-effort player that never takes plays, series, or snaps off. Had success rushing from the “Viper” role at Pittsburgh, which is where he rushes from an outside linebacker spot. Solid run defender, showing the length, power, and anchor to set the edge, and disengage from blockers to make tackles at the line of scrimmage. Intelligent player when reading zone-reads and play fakes.
While his pass rush repertoire is plentiful, he can still improve the cleanliness of his hand work when rushing the passer. Has room to add strength in both his upper and lower half. Wouldn’t call his arm length a weakness, but I’ll be interested to see what his arms measure. Will more than likely have to stay as a 4-3 defensive end, as it doesn’t look like he has the athleticism in space to drop into coverage or do much sideline-to-sideline chasing against the run. While his first-step burst is very impressive, he can improve on getting off the ball quicker, which will only make his initial explosion that much more dangerous.
When evaluating Jones’ tape, you see a player that has a ton of tools in his tool belt, explosiveness to win as a pass rusher and run defender, and a frame that projects well in the NFL as a 4-3 defensive end. Patrick Jones II doesn’t solely rely on his speed, his power, or his technique to win off the edge, he possesses enough of all of these qualities to find success sacking quarterbacks and defending the run. Had a very successful career at Pittsburgh, finishing his career with 21.5 sacks, 32 tackles for loss, and 112 total tackles. Extremely tough football player, that plays with tremendous effort, intensity, and toughness after almost playing the entire 2019 season with turf toe. Has some DeMarcus Lawrence to his game, which makes watching him more enjoyable.
I’m a big Patrick Jones II fan. He may or may not be the 1st guest we’re having on the Talkin’ the Draft podcast tonight to kickoff the ‘21 prospect interview series— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) January 12, 2021
• 6’5” 260lb
• 9 sacks & 12.5 TFL in ‘20
• variety of pass rush moves
• ++ first step
• max effort player pic.twitter.com/7RzxrgKpTi
Jones plays the run well too. He’s a primary 4-3 DE. Don’t think he’s a guy you want in coverage or rushing from a two-point stance, but he can play.— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) January 12, 2021
Has a little bit of Tank Lawrence to his game. pic.twitter.com/76Fi1gwhdI