Penn State has had a defensive tackle selected in three of the past four drafts, and senior DaQuan Jones seems likely to make it four of five.
Jones (6-feet-3, 318 pounds), who is NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt's top-rated senior defensive tackle, had a good start to his senior season this past Saturday, finishing with a team-high nine tackles in a 23-17 win over Syracuse. He added a sack and three tackles for loss.
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Jones finished last season with 22 tackles, a half-sack and two tackles for loss.
"DaQuan Jones had a great game," Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien said in his weekly teleconference. "We use the phrase 'next level' when we talk about football, and there is a prime example of a guy that did it. He played very physically in the game and made a lot of really key stops for us - - had a fantastic sack, where he split a double team.
"He's going to be tough to handle this year because he's powerful, he's strong, he's smart and he's worked extremely hard to get to this point."