Prepped in Virginia. Was a non-qualifier coming out of high school. Did not play in 2008-09. Was recruited as a 187-pound receiver, then tried at outside linebacker before settling at defensive end. Started 48 games over four seasons. Totaled 39 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and six sacks with two batted passes, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks in 2010 (14 games). In 2011 (11 games), he had 31 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks with an interception, three forced fumbles, two blocked kicks. In 2012 (11 games), he had 34 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks. And in 2013 (12 games), he had 35 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks with a batted pass and two forced fumbles. Owns Shepherd's career sacks record (35).
Muscular build with long arms. Intriguing athleticism. Outstanding straight-line speed and leaping ability. Explosive edge burst. Displays good balance, body control and agility as a rusher. Dips inside suddenly. Closes fast and shows striking ability. Flashes power potential. Has special-teams experience. Durable four-year starter.
Is undersized and vulnerable at the point of attack. Does not set a hard edge. Hand use and pass-rush technique need to be coached up. Tight hips exposed in space -- struggles to change direction efficiently or break down to secure 1-on-1 tackles (inconsistent in this area). Tight hips. Green eyes and instincts -- does not exhibit a feel for blocking schemes and struggles to locate the ball. Football intelligence is lacking -- will require simple assignments.
Lean, explosive, highly athletic rush linebacker prospect who overwhelmed inferior tackles at the Division II level and has clear developmental value and upside potential. Best deployed with pinned ears and see-ball, get-ball instructions, Jones is raw, but has enticing speed and crude pass-rush ability for a patient, positional coach to mold.