Another defensive lineman from Ohio State is off the board.
The Denver Broncos selected former Buckeye defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones with the No. 71 overall pick in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft on Friday.
The announcement that @TheOfficial_80 is heading to #BroncosCountry #GoBucks #DevelopedHere pic.twitter.com/J1ikOoNdRB— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 27, 2019
Jones is the second Ohio State defensive lineman to be drafted this year, following Nick Bosa, and the fifth Ohio State defensive lineman drafted in the last two years. Tyquan Lewis (second round, No. 64 overall, Indianapolis Colts), Sam Hubbard (third round, No. 77 overall, Cincinnati Bengals) and Jalyn Holmes (fourth round, No. 102 overall, Minnesota Vikings) were all drafted in 2018.
Im home BABY https://t.co/4EZta4T4lC— Dre'Mont Jones (@TheOfficial_80) April 27, 2019
A first-team All-Big Ten selection this past season, Jones was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for Ohio State, using his quickness as an interior penetrator to record 115 total tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks over the course of his career.
He'll play a similar role at the next level, where his ability to rush the passer from inside could be his biggest asset. In the Broncos' 3-4 defense, Jones is expected to line up primarily as a 5-technique defensive end.
We were really impressed with DreMont Jones ability to rush the passer along the defensive line at Ohio State. Were glad he was there at our pick in the 3rd round, and hell help us in nickel situations in getting after the quarterback. pic.twitter.com/i5CU2ohYZT— John Elway (@johnelway) April 27, 2019
Jones is the first Ohio State player to be drafted by the Broncos since Jeff Heuerman in 2015. He is the fourth Buckeye selected in this year's draft, joining Bosa, Dwayne Haskins and Parris Campbell.