Travis Jones is a General Studies Major who has a nose for the football. One of the few bright spots over the last couple of years that UConn has played football (sitting out during the COVID year), Jones was the first Senior Bowl invite to officially accept his invitation. He served as a team captain and is reportedly just 13% body fat.
Jones best projects as a rotational 4-3 defensive tackle in a gap scheme. He’s capable as a 0-tech, 1-tech, and 3-tech defender and can fit into 3-man fronts as well. Either way, Jones should be viewed as a rotational piece who can provide valuable repetitions during the game.
DT/NT – #57 UConn
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Wilbur Cross (New Haven, CT)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8115)
Phil Steele: PS#334
Travis Jones Preliminary Scouting Report
Moves very well for his size. Doesn’t have a lot of pure straight-line speed, but does move within the box well. Struggles to keep his feet at times. Excellent lateral quickness, looks almost like he’s dancing. Very strong footwork when moving that way. Very strong upper body. Has a powerful rip move that he uses well. Shows a good lower body. Wins with push in goal-line situations. Average pure brute strength.
Above-average first step. Quick off the snap. Fairly explosive athlete. Didn’t take double teams all that often, but didn’t always demand them. Doesn’t show much ability to win when he is doubled. Excellent hand placement. Even when he doesn’t win off the snap, he’s very subtle with his attack and can use a misdirection-style move to free himself up.
Shows the ability to be a very decent run defender. Wraps up well and has the ability to work off of blocks and make tackles. Struggles with traffic and moving through it. Doesn’t pursue most plays. Works well inside the box to close his gaps. Won’t have the speed to contain the edge or pursue a quarterback working out of the pocket.
What we want to see from Travis Jones in Mobile
- Balance and footwork while driving an offensive lineman seemed to be an issue for Jones. It wasn’t every play so it’s something we want to see get cleaned up to be more consistent.
- How does Travis Jones handle double team blocks? He didn’t take them too often on tape, and when he did there weren’t many reps where he looked like he could win. If he can contain and absorb double teams consistently, his value will rise tremendously.
- UConn is a very weak FBS program, and even struggles against FCS opponents when they play. With so few real threats on either side of the ball, most teams spent time figuring out how to limit Jones’ opportunities to make a play. How will Jones perform when all the attention isn’t on him?
Pre-Senior Bowl Projection
Travis Jones projects as a fifth/seventh-round prospect. We believe that Jones will get drafted, we just believe it will be in the latter half of the draft at this point. A great Senior Bowl performance can push him up into the fourth round, perhaps the later third round depending on how the defensive line class shakes out.
We like Jones’ upside, he has a lot of upside – especially if he figures out what to do with his hands consistently.
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