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DaQuan Jones overcame the odds

DaQuan Jones is another great story from the Titans 2014 draft.

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We have spent a lot of time talking about red flags, but DaQuan Jones comes to the Titans with absolutely no red flags.  His mother was arrested when he was 16 and sent to jail for 3 years (go read that story).  For a while Jones and his brothers didn't have a home.  In fact, he spent some of that time sleeping on a love seat.

It would have been easy for Jones to use his situation as a crutch to not reach his potential, but he did the exact opposite.  He poured himself into football with the help of his high school football coach Bill Spalik.  (He joined The Wake Up Zone this morning to provide some insight on Jones.)  Spalik picked Jones up everyday at 5 a.m. to workout.

This is all very nice, but can he play football?  Here is what Black Shoe Diaries said about his game:

.... he's strong and quick enough to stick around as part of a rotation from day one, and that's in a worst case scenario. He'll make some plays next year for whichever team snags him, and will likely shore up their run defense for years to come.

That article also points to the fact that he played in a 4-3 and a 3-4 in college. He seems like a great fit for this hybrid defense.