Fred Jones, DT, Florida State

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 304 | Number: #55 | Class: 2019 (SR) | Hometown: Miami, FL | High School: Miami Central | Birthdate: August 25, 1996 | Major: Social Science | Agent: Premier Athlete Advisors | Trainer: 615 Sports Training

OVERVIEW: The Seminoles redshirt senior has played a key role as a gap-plugging space eater during his time in Tallahassee. Jones bided his time patiently behind several future pros, playing nose guard in the team’s 3-4 base defense for three seasons. In 2018, new defensive coordinator Harlon Burnett would implement a 4-3 scheme, which featured Jones as a starter at defensive tackle. While he has some physical limitations, he can be effective holding his point and stacking the run. His skill-set suggests he can line up at nose tackle, shade defensive tackle, or even as a five technique as a two-gap player. Projects as a day three/priority free agent run-stuffer who can be a valuable part of the defensive line rotation at the next level.

PROS: Possesses good size and bulk. Jones is very stout at the point of attack and holds his ground well. His hands have contributed a large part to his success, as he shows sound technique with his placement, utilizes his upper body strength well to gain leverage and move blockers—he also had several batted down balls (three) at the line of scrimmage this past season. He does an excellent job of fighting through double teams and shedding blocks. Jones has also played special teams and has served as an occasional blocker on offense during goal line sets.

CONS: He tends to get caught too upright at times coming out of his stance and needs to be more consistent staying low. Limited pass-rush repertoire, needs to work on improving his change of direction quickness. Listed at 6-2, 304 pounds, dropping 5-10 pounds would help in that department. Just one season of starting experience.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “Even though he is a draft able run-down player, these type of players go undrafted and become high value PFA’s and end up making a team.” – Anonymous NFL Scout

COMPARISON: Abry Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars – Strength, toughness and ability to play both sides of a block; not a starter but a solid rotational run-down player.

PERSONAL: The Miami native has improved each season, providing great leadership in the locker room and has been an academic standout in the classroom—he graduated in three years and is currently pursuing his master’s degree. He was also a member of the FSU track team, participating in the shot put and discus. Jones is a Florida State legacy player with strong bloodlines, as both his father, Fred Sr. and uncle Marvin (Seminoles HOF) played for the school.

CAREER: In 46 career games, Jones made 10 starts and enjoyed a career-year as a senior, tallying 67 total tackles, including eight for loss and four sacks. In 2018, he enjoyed a career-year, starting all nine games played, totaling 26 tackles, including four for loss and two sacks. In 2017, he appeared in 13 games, playing defensive tackle, nose guard and serving as an extra blocker on special teams, totaling 18 tackles, two for loss and a half of sack. In 2016, He played in all 13 games (one start), playing defensive tackle, nose guard and special teams, finishing with 15 tackles, including one for loss. In 2015, he played in 10 games, collecting eight tackles and one for loss. In 2014, he redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: A three-star recruit, he led Miami Central to a 13-1 record and Class 6A state championship as a senior, earning third-team All-State honors. Was All-Dade County Third Team selection as a junior, also starring in track and field, winning the state title shot put in 2012 and 2013.