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St. Ignatius alum Dre’Mont Jones selected by Broncos with No. 71 pick in 2019 NFL Draft

St. Ignatius graduate Dre’Mont Jones was selected by the Denver Broncos with the No. 71 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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Ohio State defensive lineman Dre'Mont Jones plays against Illinois during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

BEREA, Ohio — Former Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones was selected by the Denver Broncos with the No. 71 overall pick, the seventh choice in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee Friday.

The 6-foot-3, 286-pound Jones played in 37 games over three years at Ohio State and registered 114 total tackles, including 58 solo stops and 56 assists with 22.0 tackles for lost yardage and 9.5 quarterback sacks.

During his final collegiate season in 2018, Jones registered 43 total tackles, including 26 solo stops and 17 assists, with 13.0 hits behind the line of scrimmage with two passes defended, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and a recovery return for a score.

Also, Jones registered 8.5 sacks and returned his only interception 28 yards for a touchdown.

Jones was a first-time All-American (College Football News) and first-team All-Big Ten Conference, as well as Academic All-Big Ten during the 2018 season.

Before starring at Ohio State, Jones played two years of prep football for St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. In his final season with the Wildcats, Jones registered 47 total tackles, including 21 for lost yardage and four sacks with four forced fumbles.

Jones was a well-rounded athlete, as he played basketball for St. Ignatius before turning to football in college despite being a four-star hoops prospect by multiple recruiting services.