Travis Jones

Travis Jones

Measurements
  • Height
    6043
  • Hand
    10 1/4
  • VJ
    28.5
  • Weight
    327lbs
  • Arm
    34 5/8
  • Speed
    4.92
DT Combine Averages
  • Height
    6022
  • Hand
    10
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    312lbs
  • Arm
    33
  • Speed
    5.15
Tolbert Nance - Scout
Travis Jones
  • Overall Rank
    31
  • Position Rank
    2
  • Position
    DT
  • Age
    22.7 Years
  • Team
    CONNECTICUT

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2018 12 55 6 5.0% 0.5 -
2019 12 40 6 8.4% 3.5 1 FR
2021 11 48 8 8.1% 4.5 -

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Travis Jones has massive size with outstanding height and above the line, functional weight that fits compactly onto his frame with a little excess blubber. Thick, meaty arms of outstanding length with outstanding hand size. Strong rear with stocky, muscular thighs. Maxed out. Began college at approx. 360 lbs. with an approx. 30% Body Fat % (losing approx. 35 lbs. while in college, reducing his Body Fat % to approx. 13%) and would be best asked to maintain or even lessen the weight on his frame rather than the other way around. Only missed 1 game in 2021 due to right foot injury and hasn’t had any other serious injuries in his career (UCONN DNP in 2020).

  • Size
    8
  • Length
    8
  • Frame/Durability
    7
Grade 7.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Travis Jones has above the line toughness with willingness to continue to find work and strain throughout the snap against R/P (needs to improve consistency). Flashed ability to expose 1v1 matchups with his play strength (hand strength), anchor, and ability to read and disengage effectively against a diversity of blocks. While, on other plays, he would lose his anchor and was defeated by Double Teams or chip blocks while lacking the urgency, leverage, and foot drive to be effective. Played nearly every defensive snap for UCONN in 2021 (7th on UCONN) regardless of situation and has produced consistently statistically. Doesn’t have any real injury issues and has shown dedication to strength and nutrition through body reconstruction. Outstanding instincts with above the line eye control on the backfield with movement and misdirection with outstanding block awareness and feel at the POA. Even so, he does get locked onto the backfield and will lose track of pre-snap motions from the outside (Jet Sweeps, etc.) along with losing the ball at times. Anticipatory at the snap and had a few false-starts. Streaky motor that was unpredictable snap to snap but steadily declined as the season went on or against certain competition (bad game vs. Houston). Immediate, head-up guy who excels exclusively at the POA and shouldn’t be counted on anywhere outside the Box (will never chase downfield). Must win early in Pass Rush (especially against Double Teams).

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    8
  • Effort/Motor
    4
Grade 6.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Travis Jones has above the line explosiveness with adequate get off and powerful strike and hand strength while showing the ability to come out of his hips consistently as well. Limited speed and wins with his 1st 2 steps and foot quickness rather than ability to gain ground and make plays outside the Box or down the field. Inconsistent get off. Outstanding body control and plays within himself and underneath his pads. Very powerful base and anchor that not only generates power forward, but limits OL ability to knock him back including on chip blocks while he’s engaged with another blocker. Shows ability to bend in his hips with a flat back in his 3-point stance but does have high ankles (ankle tightness). Flashes some bend in ankles but can’t be counted on to turn a corner or work his hips around blockers (wins with his disengage with his hands). Quick feet but has average COD and will be too laterally stiff to execute twists. Gap compressor with outstanding play strength with his long, strong arms showing the ability to 2-gap and play on a diversity of blocks. Also drives his feet well on contact but needs to improve consistency (motor).

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    4
  • Body Control
    8
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    8
Grade 6.2

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Travis Jones has adequate get off and understands how to play within himself while maintaining leverage and utilizing both his lower (coming out of his hips, foot quickness) and upper body (strike and hand strength) to generate power initially at the POA. Excels out of a 3-point stance and doesn’t play a ton out of a 4-point stance. Keeps his hips square at the LOS and disregards secondary blockers regularly due to his ability to naturally absorb contact. Average in Pass Rush and has ability as a pocket compressor while also occasionally being disruptive when his motor is hot. Outstanding heavy handedness and regularly can lock onto OL and take advantage of them in 1v1 situations which allows for him to be outstanding in his disengage as well as a 2-gapper (especially against reach blocks). As a between the tackles/POA player, he is outstanding with his instincts and awareness along with his girth to take up space. Grab tackler more so than a run and chase guy, therefore he has limited closing speed. Average overall twitch and suddenness. Above the line play temperament and plays with aggression and violence in the interior run game and can be an eraser at times.

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
    6
  • Pass Rush
    5
  • Heavy Handedness
    8
  • Point of Attack
    8
  • Disengage
    8
  • Closing Speed
    4
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    5
  • Play Temperament
    7
Grade 6.4

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
SR who has started 33 of 34 career games, including 11 of 11 in 2021. 3-star HS prospect at 6044 while weighing 356 (lost nearly 30 lbs. while college) who started 10 games as a true FR and has only missed 1 game in 3 years of playing CFB due to a right foot injury in 2021. Senior Bowl attendee. In 2021, UCONN went 1-11 with their only win coming against FCS/Ivy school Yale. Played under 3 different HCs (Randy Edsall, Lou Spanos, and Dennis Dottin-Carter), DC/DB Coach Jarren Horton (3rd season), and DL Coach Dennis Dottin-Carter (5th season) during 2021. Travis Jones is a 2-Gap, 0/2i NT playing out of a 3-point stance in a 3-4 who has versatility to play as a 1/3 in a 4-3 but would struggle consistently with single gap assignments. He is a low-ceiling, high-floor Functional Starter that you can win with and wins due to his explosive, compact frame that allows him to generate immense power at the POA and anchor very effectively while having serviceable flexibility to split gaps and occasionally be effective on passing downs (mainly effective, however, as a gap compressor). Inconsistent with his effort but dominated against high level competition and did not have any problem with injuries or playing time in college. Question his team culture and whether that affected his willingness to play down the stretch at UCONN or whether that involved him as well (was he a Team Captain?).

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Clemson
  • Nov - 13 - 2021
  • Locked in / Physical / Great UOH / Instinctive / Factor in pass game
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Houston
  • Nov - 27 - 2021
  • Last game of the year (bad record, 3rd HC of year) / Poor effort / Lackadaisical
Best Trait
Play Strength/Anchor
Pro Comparison
Linval Joseph (2010 - 2nd Round - Pick 46 - New York Giants)