Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/26/13
The Green Bay Packers generally remain dormant when it comes to free agency in the NFL so the draft takes a whole new level of importance.  Last year the Packers went defense-heavy in the draft as it was sorely needed and this draft is off to the same start as last years. The Packers, with the 26th pick of the draft took Datone Jones, a defensive end out of UCLA. Jones has a great body for a defensive end.  He is six feet four inches tall and has long arms, 32 and 3/4 inches in length.  With Jones as an end he will be able to knock down some passes JJ Watt style.  He also possesses a 31.50 inch vertical which will also aid him in disrupting the passing game. Jones has progressed very well during his college career, with his stats increasing every season.  As a true freshman in 2008, he recorded 15 tackles, 10 of them solo, all while only starting two games.  He broke out in 2009 with 30 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles. He missed all the 2010 season with a foot injury but came back strong in 2011 with 41 tackles, 6.5 for a loss, and three sacks.  In his senior year, Jones had 62 tackles, 19 for a loss, 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Another good thing about Jones is that while he was at UCLA he played almost every spot on the defensive line.  This works perfectly for the Packers who can use him as a defensive end but can also move him inside on third down situations.  His versatility on the line will greatly help a Packers defense that struggled terribly for the second year in a row. This is a great pick for the Packers.  As mentioned before, the Packers defense struggled all year and really struggled against good running backs like Adrian Peterson and mobile quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.  Jones has good lateral movement and will be able to get around the edge to hit running backs and mobile quarterbacks before they get into the open field. Ted Thompson generally makes the right moves when it comes to the NFL draft.  It seems he once again found a player that fits the Packers style and is hungry to prove himself at the professional level.  Jones has gotten better every year he’s played, hopefully that trend continues into the NFL. The Packers need the help.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Browns have discussed trading No. 12 pick for Garoppolo

Report: Lowry expected to miss 4-5 weeks, return for playoffs

Report: Cowboys to release Romo in coming weeks

Report: Jennings expected to sign with Hornets

Did Hield reveal Kings tampered with him before trade?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Nicklaus says Tiger's current situation is a 'puzzle to me'

Schroder still insists Isaiah Thomas insulted his family

Report: Cousins wants franchise tag to be used on him

Report: Jets likely to try and trade Sheldon Richardson

Knicks considering releasing Derrick Rose?

Report: Steelers, Brown making progress on extension

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season since 2000

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker