The Ohio State football program continues to produce NFL talent, with the latest success story being former Buckeye defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones. After an outstanding season last year, Jones has inked a lucrative deal with the Seattle Seahawks, earning him $51 million over three years and over $23 million in guaranteed money.
Jones demonstrated exceptional performance during his time with the Denver Broncos, where he played for four seasons after being drafted in the third round in 2019. He accumulated 22 sacks during his tenure in Denver and had an especially impressive season last year, posting 6.5 sacks and a forced fumble in just 12 games.
When discussing his decision to sign with the Seahawks, Jones emphasized the team’s strong belief in him and his excitement about joining a promising roster. He is also eager to settle into his new city and contribute to the Seahawks’ success.
The timing of Jones’ free agency couldn’t have been better, as the NFL has a growing demand for skilled defensive tackles. This week, he became the second former Buckeye to sign a contract, following safety Vonn Bell who joined the Carolina Panthers.
Looking back at the 2018 Ohio State defense, one can only wonder what could have been achieved if Nick Bosa had stayed healthy while playing alongside Chase Young and Dre’Mont Jones. During that season, Jones recorded 8.5 sacks, 43 tackles, and an interception for the Buckeyes.
The signing further showcases the prowess of Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who has a proven track record of developing NFL-ready talent. This success is undoubtedly an important consideration for any defensive line recruit considering the Buckeyes as their college choice.
Before signing with Seattle, the Cleveland native was rumored to be interested in joining his hometown team, the Cleveland Browns. However, the attractive offer from the Seahawks ultimately won him over. In response, the Browns signed former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson.
With his move to the Seattle Seahawks, Dre’Mont Jones is set to make an impact on his new team and further the legacy of Ohio State as a breeding ground for NFL talent. As the league’s demand for skilled defensive players continues to rise, the success of Jones and his fellow Buckeyes serves as a testament to the quality of the program and its ability to produce top-tier athletes.