Datone Jones: Bigger, Stronger, Faster

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I got stuck away from the computer for an extended time Thursday night as the Minnesota Vikings dipped into some unexpected drama just as the Packers’ turn at No. 26 overall arrived. So it goes. So what can we say about Jones at first blush? First, logic had suggested all along that the Packers would try to address their defensive line. (In fact, three of the NFC North’s four teams drafted a defensive lineman Thursday, for whatever that’s worth.) Second, Jones gives the Packers a physical specimen they haven’t had on their defensive line in a long time. At 283 pounds, he is big enough to play end in a 3-4, but at 6-foot-4, he is the Packers’ tallest lineman. (Jones was primarily a basketball player in high school before beginning football in 10th grade.) He ran the 40-yard dash at 4.80 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, and his 20-yard shuttle time of 4.32 seconds was the best at his position. “If you’re drawing up a defensive end,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers told reporters, “you’d like to have a guy with his kind of height and length.” Said general manager Ted Thompson: “Trying to add a little more speed to the defense we think is a good idea.” Put it all together, and the Packers have what they hope is an outside disruptor who isn’t named Clay Matthews . In his final season with the Bruins, Jones had 5.5 sacks and 19 other tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Datone Jones Drafted By Packers With No. 26 Pick At 2013 NFL Draft

It’s a four-year deal worth $7.716 million with the first three years guaranteed, Rapoport reported per a source who has seen the contract. Jones was taken No. 26 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft to help fix Green Bay’s sagging defensive line. He was one of our favorite picks in the draft because of his versatility. Jones can rush the passer and is an effective run stopper who can move inside and out on the defensive line depending on whether the Packers want to use a three-man front or a four-man front. Despite being selected late in the first round, Jones has as much pressure on him to perform right away as nearly any rookie defender in the league.

He gets across the face of the blocker and flows to the ball with ease when he correctly reads the play. Sometimes he will fire out of his stance and immediately penetrate into the backfield, but he will be a non-factor as often as he blows up the running back in the backfield when this happens. He’ll also lean too far forward when he knifes into the backfield and get knocked down too easily. Jones can hold up at the point of attack when he stays low, but as soon as he gets high, he can be moved, creating a big hole for a running back. He will pursue down the line like a linebacker and cleans up a few plays a game on the strength of that effort. Tackling Once Jones has his scope locked on a ball-carrier or quarterback, he engulfs them. His arms are strong enough to stop a running back going through the hole, and he wraps up like a boa constrictor.

Datone Jones, Green Bay Packers strike rookie contract

When she went into his room, she found him asleep on the floor. Around him were trash bags, in which he had stuffed all his possessions. “He had been doing laundry all night,” Hall says. “Some of the clothes were still wet. I went out and got him storage bins so he didn’t have to take his things to school in trash bags.” Jones had five siblings, but lost an older sister to a lung illness when he was 11. His father was Nike Datone Jones Womens Jersey out of the picture.

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This is like a dream come true.” Jones has a combination of quickness and strength that should give Green Bay a valuable run-stopper and pass-rusher up front, an area of weakness exposed down the stretch last season. General manager Ted Thompson praised the versatility of Jones, who will wear No. 95. Jones was the fourth defensive end taken, thanks in part to a splurge on offensive linemen around the league, and enticing enough to steer Thompson away from his past penchant for trading down for more middle-round picks. “We were pretty surprised the opportunity was there,” Thompson said. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers spoke highly of his athleticism and acceleration off the snap. Jones isn’t hefty enough to play nose tackle on a regular basis, but he can ably move to the inside spot on obvious passing downs, when the Packers use their nickel or dime defenses.

Datone Jones Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for UCLA DE

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He had a relatively quiet 2011 season after breaking his foot in 2010, but Jones broke out this year with 57 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, and six sacks. Scouting Report Jones is a hybrid defensive lineman capable of playing in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. In a 3-4, hed be a slightly-undersized five-technique, whereas he could potentially play any position along the line in a 4-3. Some people seem unsure of whether or not Jones is big enough to hold up inside or quick enough to rush off the edge. I think the latter question is a real concern, but Jones has what it takes to play as a three-technique defensive tackle. At 64, 280 pounds, Jones is considered a tweener who doesnt necessarily have the build of a prototypical defensive end or defensive tackle, and naive teams will hold that against him.

Cowboys’ Potential Draft Pick: Datone Jones, DT/DE, UCLA

“Oh, yeah. One of the things about Datone, we played quarterback read [option] teams like Nebraska, Houston and Arizona State, Spanos told Doughtery. “He does a great job of bending low and attacking and being disruptive in the backfield. In all those games, he made impact plays throughout the game, created turnovers, safeties, fumbles. He plays with extremely low pad level.” Green Bay has made a major point this offseason of addressing its ability to play against the read option. Mike McCarthy sent his staff to visit with Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M and try to learn some things about the devastating multiple-threat offense. (Although it should be noted that A&M doesn’t actually run the read option, but whatever.) And the selection of Jones, with the much-maligned Erik Walden (somehow) getting a nice free-agent deal from the Colts this offseason, makes clear just how important Green Bay believes stopping the read option is this season. Perhaps it should be.

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