By: Hussam Patel
Patrick Jones II is an explosive edge defender who is quick off of the snap and gets up field in an instant. Using his quick speed, he fires off the ball quickly, and will get by some offensive tackles while utilizing a spin move that can't be defended.
His quick feet and hands stand out at all times and allow him to wreak havoc in the backfield. Jones also does a nice job of switching from speed to power, and he can bully tackles on the edge. The Panther defensive end is also a strong run defender who understands his gap assignments and identifies what the offense is trying to do well.
With Jones II there are some questions about his motor and consistency; there are some plays where he is very explosive off the ball and violent with his hands, but there are others where Jones plays too high and loses the intensity and leverage he needs to win one-on-one battles.
The concerns with Jones II entering the next level are his lean frame, modest length, and the need to continue developing his hand fighting technique to consistently win 1-on-1 battles in the passing game and possible double teams in the run game. Jones II has the tools to succeed, it is about technique and motor to become a functional starter in the NFL and becoming a starter in a base 4-3 defense.
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