Could Dre'Mont Jones be a linebacker in the NFL? At least one NFL team wanted to at least evaluate the possibility.
The NFL revealed some of the players who received requests to work out at a second position at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, and the list included the former Ohio State defensive tackle, who received a request to work out at linebacker.
Teams can request players at #NFLCombine to work out at 2nd position. It gives you insight as to how player is viewed. Some requests this year:— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) March 2, 2019
QB Nick Fitzgerald (TE)
QB Trace McSorely (DB)
RB Devin Singletary (WR)
WR Hakeem Butler (TE)
DT Ed Oliver (LB)
DT Dre'Mont Jones (LB)
Realistically, it's highly unlikely that Jones will ever play linebacker in the NFL. But participating in linebacker drills would give NFL scouts the opportunity to further evaluate his ability to move in space, and it's certainly possible that he could end up playing defensive end at the next level, especially if he is drafted by a team that plays a 3-4 defense.
Jones weighed in at just 281 pounds on Friday, which is light for a defensive tackle, and he is a great athlete for his size. He was a defensive end when he initially arrived at Ohio State as a recruit out of St. Ignatius High School, and saw occasional playing time at DE in three-man fronts.