Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/25/13
NFL Team: Green Bay PackersPick No: 26Player Name: Datone JonesPosition: DESchool: UCLAHeight/Weight: 6’4", 283The Vitals: Jones is a monster. During his Senior year he had 19 tackles for a loss including 6.5 sacks.He is able to find running backs regularly and get them tackled. His size makes him a force to be reckoned with and he joins a Packers defense where he will be plugged in from day one.A better pick would have been: I think that the Packers could have gone a number of different ways here. Jones likely would have been available at the start of the second round, so trading back could have been a nice decision. If they could have gotten the deal that the Vikings were offering for the 29th pick, they would have done well to take it.I would have liked them to give more consideration to Sylvester Williams who went two picks later. They could have also considered a player like Eddie Lacy, although I was glad they decided to wait on that position.The Verdict: Overall I can certainly live with this pick. It fills a need, which is typical for the Packers. I think that Jones will be a solid player, but likely will not be a star for the Packers.He will do his job and do it well, but I think it will take a little time before he is relied on as a consistent starter. Getting a strong player on defense though was important for a team that had trouble stopping teams like the 49ers and their vicious rushing game.
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