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Draft INSIGHT: LB Shaquille Quarterman & DT Benito Jones

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ROUND 6 is great place to find defenders

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In the sixth-round with the 187th pick, two defenders can make the Browns better. Depth is needed at both the linebacker and defensive tackle position. DT Benito Jones Davis and LB Shaquille Quarterman are starting quality athletes with value in this round. Both of these players will need an opportunity to cultivate their skills at the next level and require developmental time.

LB Shaquille Quarterman

Specifics:

College: Miami

Height: 6’-1”

Weight: 241 pounds

40-time: 4.74

Career Tackles: 356

Career Interceptions: 1

Career Sacks: 12

Career Tackles for Loss: 46.5

Career Passes Defended: 13

Career Starts: 52

Positives:

  • Four-year starter in tough conference
  • Durable
  • Polished and disciplined
  • Vicious hitter
  • Run support specialist
  • Built thick and stout
  • Physical and emotional leader
  • 107 tackles senior year, 356 career tackles
  • Two Time First-Team All-ACC

Negatives:

  • Lack of reach
  • Average coverage skills
  • Slow foot speed
  • Will not win in man coverage
  • Flexibility an issue
  • Too much wanting to out-physical opponents
  • Can over-pursue

Expert Draft Site Analysis

thedraftnetwork.com

Shaq Quarterman is old school! This is a violent hitter in the middle who thrives in run defending and blitzing as a forward playing linebacker who imposes his will on the opposition. Terrific finisher as a tackler and tremendous pop in his pads. His pass coverage contributions will be minimal due to his lack of range, but teams in need of some *THUD* in run support would be wise to scoop him up. Savvy to help mask his physical restrictions but at his core he’s an early down LB.

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DT Benito Jones

Specifics:

College: Ole Miss

Height: 6’-1”

Weight: 321 pounds

40-time: 5.26

Career Tackles: 132

Career Interceptions: 1

Career Sacks: 10.5

Career Tackles for Loss: 31.0

Career Starts: 45

Positives:

  • Quick with first step
  • Explosive
  • High effort and quickness
  • Excellent pass rusher
  • Four-year starter
  • Senior Bowl invitee
  • Elite lower-body control

Negatives:

  • Lack of length
  • Average power
  • Needs work on run stoppage
  • Struggles with shedding blocks
  • Light in the anchor
  • Not an every down player
  • Rotational player

Expert Draft Site Analysis

walterfootball.com

For the NFL, Jones could be a heavy nose tackle who contributes somewhat in the pass rush. Jones got his 2019 season off to an impressive start with a strong performance against Memphis, including an interception. On the year, he totaled 30 tackles tackles with 5.5 sacks and four passes batted. Jones then was decent at the Senior Bowl. He has some athleticism and quickness, but also has limitations from his height and lack of length.