When Nick Bosa’s Ohio State career abruptly ended in the third game of the 2018 season, defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones assumed even more leadership responsibility for the Buckeyes, and more attention from their opponents. Despite the extra onuses, Jones blew past his previous career highs in both tackles for loss and sacks.
Tonight, his four years of work in Columbus paid off as the Cleveland native was selected in the early third round with the 71st pick overall by the Denver Broncos.
During his redshirt-junior season in 2018, Jones totaled 43 tackles for OSU. Thirteen of those stops were for loss, including 8.5 sacks. Jones also scored two touchdowns, thanks to an interception and a fumble recovery.
In his final collegiate season, Jones was honored as a first-team All-Big Ten selection, following a third-team honor in 2017. He was also a 2016 Freshman All American.
In his first year on the field for the Scarlet and Gray, Jones picked up 51 tackles, and became only the third defensive lineman in program history to start 10 or more games; joining Dan Wilkinson and Luke Fickell.
Land-Grant Holy Land will have much more on the Jones selection later tonight, and throughout the draft weekend.