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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Review - OL Dawand Jones

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Player Description

Name: Dawand Jones Position: Offensive line

College: Ohio State Uniform Number: #79

Class: Senior Height: 6-8.5

Weight: 359 lbs Projected Round: Late 1st to 3rd round



  • Massive size and frame

  • Extraordinary length and wingspan

  • Incredible physical arm strength

  • Can dominate with sheer brute strength

  • Adequate quickness and athleticism

  • Good feet and lateral movement

  • Much improved at getting underneath opposing linemen's shoulder pads

  • Quick get-off out of stance

  • Strong initial punch

  • Bends at the knees effectively

  • Good at maintaining balance while pass blocking

  • Plays with a mean, physical edge



At 6'9, Jones has a natural tendency to play with a high pad level. As a consequence, he has difficulty anchoring against pass rushers who are proficient at converting speed into power. In these instances, he is vulnerable to losing leverage and, on some occasions, losing balance. Though he has made improvements with his hand placement, Jones still has issues getting underneath the opposing lineman's shoulder pads. Questionable technique at times has resulted in him taking unnecessary penalties. He needs to do a better job of not relying too much on his size to win battles in the trenches.

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