Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (Edge, Arkansas State) – 79

Rolland-Jones is one of the most productive edge players in the country.  He has a total of 30.5 sacks over his first three seasons with the Red Wolves and it’s easy to see why.  The thing that stands out most for me about Rolland-Jones is the way he uses his hands.  He has one of the most powerful punches I’ve seen this year on tape; on a consistent basis, he hits OTs – who outweigh him by 60lbs or more – with such force that they look like those cartoon characters who have stars and whistle sounds circling their heads.  The UCF game (3Q 5:03) is a good example: he sends the RT tottering backwards in so comic a fashion that any Premier League football fan will be immediately reminded of Paolo di Canio sending referee Paul Alcock flying in 1998 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9CLiDqYfLc) .  He has quick feet, decent bend around the edge and can convert speed to power – in short, he is a really good pass-rush prospect.  My concerns about Rolland-Jones are twofold: 1) he has spent very little time in coverage and, at 6-2, 245lbs, he is going to have to be an OLB in the NFL and 2) I think his closing speed is good but not great.  I do, though, really like Rolland-Jones as a prospect.  He is relentless, powerful, disruptive and incredibly productive.  He reminds me of a smaller version of the Cardinals’ Markus Golden and I would like to see a team take a chance on him on Day 2.

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