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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  • JaKa

    Datone is getting allot of
    coverage, that’s for sure. At 6’5″ and 285 lbs. he’s
    10 – 15 lbs. short of monster.
    The Pack had trouble with teams that had all 300 lb. players on the
    line. One of your writers is saying he’s too slow and too small.
    That’s the only report on him in the USA giving him a poor write-up.
    He’s as quick as greased lightning on all accounts, has the walk, and the
    talk. It’s just up to Capers when to take the chains off the kid and turn
    him loose: It’s going to be Like Dante Monster and Clay Destruction tearing
    apart offenses all winter long. You are
    certain to see a few other defensive Packers playing much better than they have
    been i.e. AJ Hawk, as long as that tandem stays healthy. Who knows, maybe
    Woodson won’t want to go to the Raiders and come back for a much smaller
    paycheck? A step slower? Maybe a half-step, but his mouth won’t
    slow down and he’s one of the best motivators around. Perhaps more realistically,
    Mr. Jones will be Wood sons replacement in that department.