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2021 NFL Draft Prospect: Patrick Jones II, DE, University of Pittsburgh

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University of Pittsburgh pass rusher Patrick Jones II has one of the best first steps in college football.

Patrick Jones II was the best pass rusher out of State of Virginia. He compiled 83 tackles, for 12.5 tackles for loss and racked up 8.5 sacks his senior year at Grassfield High School. His pass rushing skills ultimately landed him at Pittsburgh and the rest is history.

In 2016, the Panthers redshirted Jones. He did participated in spring drills but did not play in any games.

He played in 10 games as a reserve defensive end and finished the season with 7 tackles and only one tackle for loss, in 2017.

In 2018, Jones turned into the top rotational pass rusher for the Panthers. He finished the season with 23 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. He really started turning the corner his redshirt sophomore season.

Patrick Jones II Highlights

Last year, Patrick Jones II had quarterbacks running around like a chicken with their heads cut off. Jones finished the season with 18 quarterback hurries, he forced four fumbles, and compiled 43 tackles. The most impressive thing was his 8.5 sacks. He became a top pass rusher in the ACC and finished as an All-American. He also finished as a candidate to win the Ted Hendricks, Bronko Nagursku and Chuck Bednarik Award.

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:

The Pittsburgh Panthers have about 6 Draft Prospects on their team, and two of them are on their defensive line. Twyman and Patrick Jones II are going to give teams in the ACC fits all year. Jones stands at 6050 and weighs 260 pounds. He is one of the best pure pass rushers in the NFL Draft. He uses his length well, and his first step is impressive for a big guy. I feel bad for any opposing quarterbacks because Twyman and Jones want to get drafted in 2021, and I would not be shocked if both get drafted in the top 100. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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