The Tennessee Titans own one of the league’s more underrated defensive fronts with DTs Mike Martin and Jurrell Casey manning the defensive tackle positions, but with the move to the 3-4 scheme under Ray Horton, Martin and Casey will need to prove their ability to become dominant 3-4 DEs or kick inside to play NT for the Titans.
The team decided to add another piece to the puzzle, however, in Penn State defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, who can be a dominant NT or DE in a 3-4 scheme.
Jones, a 6-foot-4, 322 pound monster, will likely be used as a nose tackle in the Titans’ new 3-4 scheme and could become a very important player for this young squad moving forward. He owns a big body and definitely looks the part of a defensive lineman at the NFL level. He is very strong and uses his strength to fight through blockers to get into the back field to blow up plays and become a nuisance. He has a very powerful punch, and uses his hands incredibly well to fight blockers off of his big body.
Jones does need to work on his conditioning and weight management as his weight has been incredibly inconsistent throughout his collegiate tenure. He tends to take plays off from time to time, and will need to work on becoming a more disruptive force in the middle of a defense to carve out a starting role.
Jones may be able to start at some point this season, but look for Horton to slowly usher him into the mix with a rotation of Casey, Martin and Antonio Johnson. Jones does have some upside, and could be the starting NT during the 2015 season for the Titans.