Dashawn Jones: DB Inquiry
Defensive back Dashawn Jones of Mt. Saint Joseph stands 6’1” and around lbs. This Class of 2021 defensive back showcases all the tools to be a major difference maker on defense. Dashawn Jones has a propensity to make game changing plays and execute his job at a high level. It was great that I recently […]
Defensive back Dashawn Jones of Mt. Saint Joseph stands 6’1” and around lbs. This Class of 2021 defensive back showcases all the tools to be a major difference maker on defense. Dashawn Jones has a propensity to make game changing plays and execute his job at a high level. It was great that I recently had a chance to get in contact with Dashawn Jones to learn more about him. Posing 4 specific questions to the DB prospect to learn more about his opinions and understanding of the game of football and his skillset. This article will present Jones answers to the questions I posed to him. Outlining the correlation between his responses and what he displays consistently on the field.
The first question I presented to Jones was about what he wants to improve in his game. Asking, what parts of his game he most wants to improve? Jones responded, “I want to improve on my technique more and more every day.” Continuing, “I also want to improve on my tackling and ball skills.” Jones response displays his want to refine his game and improve areas he already shows promise in. In terms of his technique he showcases good anticipatory skills allowing him to jump routes and make plays. He also does a solid job positioning himself in coverage down the field to pin his opponents along the sidelines or boundaries. Giving them little room to operate on the field. Jones as a tackler has good form but can always better himself in this area. Then his ball skills are quality which is why he can get his hands on the ball so much. The fact he wants to improve this skill shows his strive to want to be even more of a turnover creator. With his work ethic and want to improve parts of his game that are already solid is a good sign of the type of player Jones is.
The second question I asked dealt with his skillset and how it helps him force turnovers. Inquiring, what part of your skillset do you think best helps you generate most of the interceptions you make? Jones explained, “I think my eye discipline helps generate most of the interceptions I made.” The mention of eyes discipline is interesting in terms of aiding his ability to make interceptions. This skill is key because his ability to read and react to where the ball is going, or when a receiver is breaking down on a route is important. He follows the eyes of the QB and rarely gets caught in the wrong spot because of an indecisive read. Jones good eye discipline keeps him constant good position to make plays on the ball never getting fooled on play action. While taking calculated gambles as he deciphers the situations in front of him. This part of his skillset as a DB can get overlooked at times. It does show how much he studies the game and how quality his football instincts are as well.
The next question I posed was about the coverage he prefers to play. Asking, does he consider himself stronger in man or zone coverage as a DB? Jones stated, “I consider myself strong in both coverages, man and zone.” This answer displays his confidence in his abilities in any coverage he is asked to play. He shows off all his physical tools in man coverage making him a strong man to man corner. Showing his speed, quickness, anticipatory skills, and playmaking ability all in man coverage. In zone his football IQ is on full display knowing when to jump routes and read and react to where the ball is going on a play. Jones clearly believes he can handle any coverage and assignment which is shown by his quality production. Though as he learns even more nuances of these coverages and his position, he will become a great player.
The final question I presented to Jones was about his offseason program. Inquiring, is there anything physically that he has been trying to improve during the offseason? Jones depicted, “I physically want to improve on my strength. Bigger, stronger, and faster is one motto that I live by each and every day.” Jones wanting to better all his physical traits again displays his work ethic as a player. Showing how he wants to become better in all categories to be in top form to produce for his team. Improving his strength especially will help with his want to improve as a tackler. While making him more of a physical presence on the outside of Mt. Saint Joseph’s defense. Dashawn Jones goals are clear as he continues with his offseason work. This young DB has all the tools to be an impact corner from the size to the playmaking. As he continues to put up great numbers and perform, he will see interest in his services at the college level rise significantly. As a sizeable corner with the skill to get interceptions and cover well in a variety of coverages is a commodity not to be overlooked.