Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri
If you’ve read any of my previous stuff about hidden gems, then you know I love looking for the diamonds in the rough. Terry Beckner might actually be a player more people are starting to take notice on after his solid bowl game effort against Oklahoma State.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to see another good SEC defensive product but this one got lost in the shuffle thanks to teams like Alabama, LSU or Georgia in the same conference with their stud prospects. TBJ, however, deserves the same amount of credit and respect as the other prospects in his position.
His career numbers at Missouri are actually very similar to Christian Wilkins with 32 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. He’s got good size (6-4 300 lbs) and patience. Instead of simply shooting ahead, he’s usually patient at the snap, in case it’s a running play, while also showing some power to get into the backfield.
While probably not a first rounder, TBJ looks like a great day 2 prospect who could develop into a quality starter someday. He’ll likely need to play on rotation at first but he’d be a great addition for depth and potential.
Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
Another Buckeye for the fans who love both. Dre’Mont Jones has had a great season that in a lesser defensive tackle draft, would make him a first rounder. He could still be a first rounder, but due to the large depth at the position this year, he could be a prospect who falls, which would be great for Cleveland.
Jones has typically been known as a run stuffer but has had his best season by far getting to the quarterback with 8.5 sacks on the season.
While not the quickest defensive lineman, he’s got good strength and a nice first step off the snap which gave the Big 10 fits this year. His skills would be fun to see along side Larry Ogunjobi.