With their first round pick (26th overall) in the 2013 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Datone Jones, a DE from UCLA.
From NFL.com: The graduate of Compton High School stuck around Los Angeles to play college ball after being named a four-star recruit by multiple recruiting services. Datone (pronounced DAY-tone) played in 10 games, with two starts, as a true freshman in 2008 (credited with 17 tackles) before starting every game the following year while racking up 11 tackles for loss and four sacks (including one in the team’s EagleBank Bowl win over Temple). Unfortunately, Jones missed the entire 2010 season with a fractured right foot suffered in preseason camp. Jones’ statistics were nothing special in 2011 (41 tackles, 6.5 for loss, three sacks as a 14-game starter), and he wasn’t even named to the All-Pac 12 honorable mention squad by league coaches.
4.80 40 yard dash, 29 bench, 31.5″ vertical, 112.0″ broad, 7.32 3 cone, 4.32 shuttle
SCOUTING REPORT: (from our own Jason Perone)
- Has a good initial move. Quick burst, powerful
- Uses hands effectively but will initially have issues disengaging NFL O-linemen
- Can get downfield and pursues well
- Has a good motor and his initial burst can get him into the backfield
- Lacks ideal size for a 3-4 DL. Will need to add some weight
- As with many college defensive prospect, overruns the play, taking himself out of it
Great pick by the Packers, as I’ve written about in the past, dominant 3-4 defenses feature a star defense end and a star safety. Just think of Haloti Ngata in Baltimore, JJ Watt in Houston, Justin Smith in San Francisco and Calais Campbell in Arizona. One of the ALLGBP.com staff’s favorites, we had predicted Jones to be gone before the Packers got the chance to pick, so this is great value for Ted Thompson. Jones has the ability to add more weight to his frame (who happens now to be the tallest defensive linemen on the Packers squad) and be both a dominant pass rusher as well as run stopper. Until then, Jones makes the defensive end rotation much stronger now with Mike Neal, CJ Wilson and Jerel Worthy.
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.