Hand Technique - He's an urgent hand fighter and love what he brings to the table to slip blocks in short spaces. His length could best be described as adequate. He's capable of stripping down hand fits off his chest thanks to energizer bunny levels of urgency. He's got plenty of pop when he shoots his hands.
Competitive Toughness - Appreciate his natural leverage on account of being such a condensed build. He'll hold ground in the A-gap well and will swallow up one on one challenges. He does not have true nose tackle tendencies, though — can be prone to trying to turn out of contact and conceding space.
Two Gap Ability - For as active as his hands are, he isn't necessarily a stereotypical stack and shed two-gap nose. He's more effective to work into single gaps by shedding hands versus playing adjacent positions at once. That said, he does have the mobility to get lateral and try to stuff up a gap.
Gap Penetration - First step quickness isn't overly explosive and he won't take a lot of early ground when driving out of the blocks. He does have nimble feet and when paired with his hands usage he's capable of dropping hands and clearing pathways to press into hip to hip relationship before finding the ball.
Tackling - His hustle and effort provide him with opportunities to square up ball carriers coming out of the mesh and swallow up TFLs. He'll crash the party working down the line, too — he's got surprising lateral range and adequate wingspan to wrap up anything the comes into orbit.
Flexibility - He's nimble — meets the qualifications of a "dancing bear"; offering good torso mobility and lower body mobility to create some suddenness. He'll do well to turn the shoulders and slip hands in finesse situations. Leverage at the POA is fine and boosted by his stature.
Pass Rush Counters - He's not overly dynamic here and his lack of first step explosiveness to drive out of the blocks will water down a lot of the plus skills he offers with his hands. He's a bit of a tweener and won't physically dominate and collapse centers with the consistency you'd need from a 3-down A-gap defender.
First Step Explosiveness - He's quick but not explosive. Will certainly struggle if you put him in a penetration front and expected him to play a starring role — he's more of a dirty work defender who will be better served with explosive athletes around him, leaving him as a nimble, rangy clean up man on the interior.
Feet/COD - He's more agile than his testing indicates — although playing him at steep angles isn't really a winning formula for what he does well. He's capable of crossing face quickly or dipping into the gap as a ball carrier declares — but he's not springy and won't slam the door shut at the last minute.
Versatility - A-gap defender is his primary usage and he loses a lot of his appeal as soon as you look to work him in elsewhere. 3T won't work for him, he's not dynamic enough. He's probably not rangy enough to play 4i or 5T either; so leave him in the A-gap and let him flow and pursue inside action.
Best Trait - Functional Strength
Worst Trait - Explosiveness
Best Film - Alabama (2019)
Worst Film - LSU (2019)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Benito Jones projects as a viable A-gap DT prospect for the NFL level. With desirable build, natural leverage and effective skills to eat up doubles, Jones may not have a lot of upside as a three down player but he will certainly provide value in run stuffing. Jones can push through gaps and has success to destroy steep angles and create some push in the heart of the POA himself, too — this is a potential starter, but he plays a low value position and can be had in the heart of the draft.