April 26, 2019

DT Dre’mont Jones Selected in 3rd Round of 2019 NFL Draft

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – All-American defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, from Cleveland and St. Ignatius High School, is the second Ohio State defensive linemen taken in the 2019 NFL Draft as the Denver Broncos selected Jones in the third round with the 71st overall pick. The draft is being held in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

Jones and Nick Bosa, who was the second player selected in this draft by San Francisco, give Ohio State associate head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson a total of eight players drafted in his five seasons with the program.


2019 Draft Central


Larry Johnson’s Drafted Buckeyes

  • 2019     Nick Bosa – 1st round, San Francisco
  • 2019     Dre’mont Jones – 3rd, Denver
  • 2018     Tyquan Lewis – 2nd, Indianapolis
  • 2018     Sam Hubbard – 3rd, Cincinnati
  • 2018     Jalyn Holmes – 4th, Minnesota
  • 2016     Joey Bosa – 1st, San Diego
  • 2016     Adolphus Washington – 3rd, Buffalo
  • 2015     Michael Bennett – 6th, Jacksonville

Jones, who graduated last December with his degree in sociology, was named a first-team All-American in 2018 by College Football News while also earning first-team All-Big Ten honors. The 6-3, 286-pound Jones totaled 43 tackles as a fourth-year junior, including 13.5 tackles-for-loss and 8.5 quarterbacks sacks. He finished his career with 115 total tackles, 22.0 TFLs and 9.5 quarterback sacks.

In additional to his stellar play along the defensive line, Jones also showed a knack for making momentum-swinging plays. He became the first Ohio State defensive lineman in recorded history to score two touchdowns in one season, returning an interception 28 yards for a score against TCU and later recovering a fumble in the end zone vs. Michigan State.

JONES’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS

YR    G-GS  UA    A    TOT TFL  YD SCK QBH

2016  13-12    22   30        52   4.0   13      0      1

2017 12-11    10   10        20   5.0   13      1      2

2018  14-14    26   17        43 13.0   69   8.5      5

TOT  39-37    58   57      115 22.0   95   9.5      8

After entering the starting lineup for the second game of the 2016 season as a red-shirt freshman, Jones rarely left the field over the next three seasons. He played in 39 games as a Buckeye and started 37 times, including all 14 games for the 2018 Big Ten and Roses Bowl champions and 11 times for the 2017 Big Ten and Cotton Bowl champions. Jones is one of three freshmen defensive linemen – the others are Dan Wilkinson (10 starts in 1992) and Luke Fickell (12 starts in 1993) – to start 10 or more games during a freshman season. Jones started 12 in 2016.

Off the field, Jones spent a week in the summer of 2018 in Manchester, N.H., interning with the Drug Enforcement Administration.