Dre'Mont Jones prepared to set Browns fandom aside for career in NFL

Nick Bosa calls Jones the best interior pass rusher in the draft

Daryl Ruiter
March 02, 2019 - 6:25 pm

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Indianapolis, IN (92.3 The Fan) – Like many Cleveland kids, Ohio State defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones grew up a Browns fan, but his career may force him to put that on hold.

“Dang just realized this was my last season as a crazy Browns fan,” Jones tweeted Feb. 3.

Jones is headed to the NFL where odds are at some point, he’ll be counted on to help beat the Browns by whichever team selects him in April, assuming it isn’t John Dorsey that comes calling.

“For me, that would be super surreal, being from that city,” Jones said. “But if not, I’m happy to be a part of any other organization that appreciates my talent.”

Dorsey would like to add a long athletic defensive tackle to the Browns’ front, and Jones would appear to fit the mold they’re looking for. He measured 6-foot-2 6/8 and weighed in at 281 pounds.

“The defensive line to me truly sticks out over all the other positions,” Dorsey said of this draft class.

Jones, who graduated from Saint Ignatius High School, has been asked by teams to participate in linebacker drills on Sunday and he will oblige.

If there were any doubts about his talent, former teammate Nick Bosa wiped it away with some high praise.

“He’s the best pass rusher, interior in the draft, I think,” Bosa said. “I watched him every day at practice. You just don’t see interior guys with the hips and hands that he has.

“I’ve been talking him up really good to a bunch of teams because he’s my best friend. People have been asking ‘Who would you bring to war? Who would you bring if you’ve got to pick one person from Ohio State and that’s easily him.”

Jones won’t argue.

“I definitely feel that way. I’m not surprised that he feels that way,” Jones said. “I’ve been proving it in practice from day 1 when we first met and we competed against the offensive line. And I definitely proved myself this year and in past years about my pass-rushing ability.”

In 37 games Jones racked up 114 tackles – 22 of them for a loss, 9.5 sacks, an interception, forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

Last season alone he registered 13 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks and he hopes it was enough to earn him the right to be a first-round pick.

“I want to be there in Tennessee on the stage, holding up a jersey and smiling at the camera and just being proud of all my hard work,” Jones said.  

Jones has already lived one dream by playing for the Buckeyes.

Like the Browns on Sunday’s, Jones watched Ohio State with his father faithfully every Saturday before heading to Columbus where he got to play in the Horseshoe.

Jones is aware of the renaissance that the Browns appear to be on the precipice of, thanks mostly in part to quarterback Baker Mayfield, defensive end Myles Garrett and another Buckeye – Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward.

“I was excited to see that,” Jones said. “I couldn’t always watch every game but when I did catch a game, I was very pumped to see them win.”

Jones met informally with a few Browns staffers this week, but he’s yet to meet Dorsey, who likes to draft Buckeyes – see Ward a year ago.

“Ohio State University puts out some very fine football players,” Dorsey said. “I can harken back to the days of, where are we going here? We could go back to Bill Willis, we could go back to Paul Warfield. There are some really good football players here.

“Any time you get a chance to acquire a really good football player, I’m all about that. I thought Denzel was a really quality football player and I think we’re very lucky to have a guy like that on our team.”

Maybe Jones will be the next, allowing him to live the ultimate dream, and keep his fandom too.