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2023 NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: D’Anthony Jones, EDGE, Houston

D'Anthony Jones is one of the best pass rushers in the 2023 NFL Draft. He is a bit undersized but he has a knack for getting after the QB
D’Anthony Jones is one of the best pass rushers in the 2023 NFL Draft. He is a bit undersized but he has a knack for getting after the QB

Player Data

Name, Jersey #D’Anthony Jones, #44
School (Code)TXHO
DOB, Class YrN/A, SR
Height, Weight6016e, 270e
40 Yd Dash4.89e
Arms, HandsN/A, N/A
Honors/CaptainshipCCCFA 1st Team All-American (’19)
Season Viewed (yr)2022
Games Watched@TXSA, @NCEA, OKTU, LASW (Bowl)
Scout Name / DateMike Bey 12/30/22

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

202213 GP, 8 GS, 39 Tkl, 13.5 TFL, 8 Sacks, 5 FF
202112 GP, 17 Tkl, 2 TFL, 7 Sacks, 4 FF
20204 GP, 9 Tkl, 1.5 TFL, 1 Sack
201962 Tkl 10.5 Sacks, 5 INT

Player Summary:

SR and 1 yr full-time starter as an EDGE where he lines up in a 2 pt stance in the 3-3-5 and 2-4-5 Nickel defense of TXHO. He transferred from CALG prior to the 2020 season. He has marginal height, elite weight and poor speed with a muscular build. He is an above-average athlete showing a combination of quality explosiveness, good COD, solid acceleration, balance, lateral quickness and agility with solid play speed. He is solid against the run. He is quick off the ball, displays quality physical toughness, good play strength with solid UOH in his timing and placement as he stacks OT with ordinary play strength at the POA before disengaging. He locates the RB with ordinary AA in the backfield and exhibits good closing speed before using his very good explosiveness to make the tackle behind the LOS for a TFL. He is a quality pass rusher. He shows average hip and ankle flexion as he bends at the apex allowing him to get under the pads of OT who bend at the waist. He uses his above-average play strength and solid pass rush move repertoire consisting of a rip, bullrush, swat and swim and long arm technique before shedding the block from OT with subpar length and physical toughness. He uses his solid play speed in pursuit before finishing up with a sack or QBH. He is good in coverage as he effectively patrols the flat and curl zone while reading the QB and shows solid awareness of receivers in his zone. He plays with an excellent motor as he plays to the whistle constantly. Good mental toughness enables him to elevate his play as a pass rusher on 3rd down as well as in big games. Struggles to consistently take the correct angle in pursuit against the run due to ordinary instincts leading to missed opportunities. Subpar length and lack of quality flexibility allow OT with good length, bend and play strength to stalemate him at the LOS. 

Scheme Fit:

Pass rush specialist as a 4-3 EDGE.

Power Statement:

Explosive, powerful player who excels as a pass rusher. Subpar length and average flexibility prevent him from disengaging from OT with good length and bend when rushing from a 2 pt stance.

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