3 Virginia Tech football players who should be replaced on the depth chart for 2024

FanSided college football writer Josh Yourish has identified three key positions that Virginia Tech needs to upgrade on its roster for the 2024 season.
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player. . 15. Jaylen Jones. S. 447. Jaylen Jones. . Jaylen Jones. Jaylen Jones

It’s okay to admit when an experiment fails. It’s an important aspect of the scientific process. You learn just as much from a failed experiment as a successful one, and sadly for Jones, his transition to the defensive side of the ball has hopefully taught Brent Pry that he needs to add a natural defensive back to his secondary. 

Jones played 419 defensive snaps, primarily at strong safety, lining up in the box 132 times and in the slot 162 times. When in coverage, Jones allowed 13 catches, though he was only targeted 20 times.

It’s a good sign that quarterbacks weren’t picking on him too often, but his ball skills from his time as a wide receiver didn’t translate with just two pass breakups and no interceptions. 

The bigger issue was the adjustment to tackling. Jones finished with just 24 tackles and he missed 16 including four in the bowl game against Tulane and four in the loss to Louisville. His 32.7% missed tackle rate was by far the highest on the team, and at an unacceptably high level.

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