Ja'Von Rolland-jones

Arkansas State
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Prospect Info

College
Arkansas State
Hometown
Class
Mesquite, TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
253 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.88
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Bench Press
23
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Rolland-Jones flew under the recruiting radar a bit despite being an honorable mention All-State pick from Mesquite, Texas in 2012. Arkansas State gladly grabbed him up, and he's starred for them at defensive end ever since. He redshirted 2013 with an injury suffered in preseason camp but made a name for himself as a freshman the following year. Rolland-Jones garnered second-team All-Sun Belt notice, mostly due to racking up 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks among his 30 stops, even after missing the final three games of the year with another injury. He started seven games for the second straight year in 2015, earning a first-team all-conference nod with 13 tackles for loss, a Sun Belt-leading nine sacks, and four forced fumbles (tied for ninth in the FBS). Rolland-Jones was voted the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year as a junior, as his 57 tackles included 20.5 for loss (tied for seventh in the country) and 13.5 sacks (fifth). He was the league's top player again in 2017, finishing among the FBS leaders with 19.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks, while also forcing three fumbles in 12 starts. He overwhelms tackles with leverage and out-hustles everyone to the ball as plays break down, making him a likely candidate to play standing up at the next level.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
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NFL Comparison
Brandon Moore
Overview
Rolland-Jones is the most accomplished pass rusher in FBS history, but teams will have to decide how to balance his production against his level of competition. Rolland-Jones may be smaller than teams would like on the edge, but his rush skill and instincts are beyond what many rushers come into the league with. Rolland-Jones posted extremely disappointing speed, quickness and explosion numbers between his Combine and pro day. While he has the consistency of production on the collegiate level, there is now a big concern that his level of competition helped him to post numbers that won't translate into the league.
Strengths
  • Sack machine who can beat both edges of the tackle
  • Plays with determined spirit and has expansive repertoire of moves as a rusher
  • Comes out of a four-point, track stance with decent get-off up the field
  • Active hands are quick and skilled
  • Uses two-hand swipe to deaden blocker's edge
  • Can bend and burn to the quarterback when he gets to the top of his rush
  • Unleashes arm-over to access B-gap
  • One-arm stab move creates surprising speed-to-power success
  • Athletic and effective in twist game
  • Adjusts rush path to the tackle's pass set
  • Good thickness from his knees to his hips
  • Plus pursuit speed from the backside
  • Just over 35 percent of career tackles have come for losses
  • Targets football forcing 10 career fumbles
Weaknesses
  • Looks tiny compared to the tackles he is forced to do battle with
  • Feet are more active than sudden when assessing his play speed
  • Size deficiency could make setting the edge a chore
  • Can be tossed to the ground when squared up
  • Faced off against below average competition at tackle
  • Lacks desired NFL length off the edge
  • Could struggle to ward off angle blocks
  • Fatigue robs his motor of gas during games
  • Didn't play in 2013 due to season-ending injury and missed the final three game of 2014 due to season-ending injury
  • Tested extremely poorly with quickness and speed workouts at both the Combine and his pro day

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league