Posted April 26, 2013

Datone Jones Selected No. 26 by Green Bay Packers

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The Green Bay Packers used a 2012 second-round pick on Jerel Worthy in hopes that he would add some punch to their interior defensive line. That move did not really pan out in Worthy’s rookie year, so the Packers went back to the well with UCLA DE/DT Datone Jones at No. 26.

Jones’ skill set starts with versatility — he slid all over the line at UCLA, and he could handle either DE spot or an occasional spin inside in the Packers’ 3-4.
Green Bay’s rather humiliating defeat against San Francisco in the playoffs proved again that this team needs more of a stout defense. Eventually, it stands to reason, the Packers will address their secondary and linebacking corps in this draft, too.

But the defensive line needed at least one reliable player. Jones more than works.

Grade: A. The Vikings and Packers took the bull by the horns late in Round 1, beefing up on defense with talented players who fit their schemes well. With B.J. Raji plugging the middle in Green Bay’s D, Jones should be able to generate a little push alongside him, thus freeing up the Packers’ outside linebackers (specifically, Clay Matthews) to help slow down opposing offenses.

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