2022 Guide: What Ourlads’ NFL Scouting Services said about TRAVIS JONES:
Connecticut, 6043 325 4.90. Junior entry, three-year starter, New Haven, CT. Opted out of the 2020 season because of Covid-19. Jones has the ideal body and build for teams looking to beef up their interior presence along the defensive line. He carries 325+ pounds with ease while also showing excellent first step quickness up the field. The most attractive trait in his game comes immediately post-snap where his cinderblock-hands strike the blocker and immediately gets the action moving into the backfield. Creates a new line of scrimmage on a consistent basis when he has his pad level low enough. Does not show a lot of variety as a pass rusher, nor does he adjust well if initially beat. Needs to gain a better feel for the game and match his skill set with his impressive set of tools when it comes to lateral movement and adjustments. If that does happen, he can be one of the top forces at the position in the league. His basement will still be a very solid run defender and bull rusher. Safe player with enormous upside. Looks like he was made in a factory that specializes in defensive tackles. Well-distributed thickness from head to toe. Clearly spent a lot of time in the weight room and it translates to the field. Elite initial punch. Strikes the blocker and immediately stands him up like he is pushing a sled. Hands are wrecking balls, causing heavy impact with anything they encounter. Easy bend at the ankles and knees, allowing him to win the leverage battle often. Shrinks the pocket from the front as a pass rusher. Maintains control of the engagement when his techniques are lined up. Does not show enough variety or upside as a pass rusher. Quality lateral movement is hard to find on his tape. Will lose track of his pad level off the ball at times, losing out on a lot of his potential power. Adjustments and secondary moves lack fluidity and a natural feel. Skill set overall is still raw and will need a lot of work.
2021 stats: 47 T, 6.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 7 QBH. Edge speed:left 2.07, right 2.27. OSR:24/36. Second/third round (A-34 1/4, H-10 1/4, BP-DNP, 10-1.77).