2013 Green Bay Packers NFL Draft Review and Analysis

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May 10, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Datone Jones works out during the Green Bay Packers rookie orientation weekend. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

1. First round, 26th overall: Datone Jones, DL, UCLA

A lot of people were giving the Packers a standing ovation for this pick, and I think it’s a good one as well. Jones had 6.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss last year at UCLA, and is a perfect fit for the Packers’ 3-4 defense under Dom Capers. Green Bay showed a serious weakness on the defensive front last year, lacking that “attack” feel they had a couple of years ago when their defense was among the toughest in the league. Jones gives them that in spades. This is a near 285 pound defensive end who is exceptionally quick, and really packs a punch. He has good instincts to know where the ball is going, and he gets underneath offensive linemen to be able to make plays in the backfield on a consistent basis. I think as a rookie, Jones will come in and start at weakside defensive end for the Packers along with B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett up front. He’s not going to get a ton of sacks I don’t think, but he will make a lot of plays freed up by those two mountains of men, and his disruptive nature will allow guys like Clay Matthews to also step in and make more plays. I think this is a good, needed move for the Packers in the first round.

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