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The Book on Packers First-Round Pick Datone Jones [Video]

Datone Jones

Was this the best-available pick Ted Thompson always pays lip service to, but never picks? With their first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected UCLA defensive end Datone Jones.

Jones is 6-3, 283 and it sounds like he’ll be expected to step in at defensive end for Green Bay. C.J. Wilson, move over.

The defensive line was a weakness for the Packers in 2012, even though they drafted two defensive linemen in the first four rounds last season. In that regard, this pick doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The Packers kicked the tires on a couple free agent defensive linemen and they also brought back Johnny Jolly, who’s been out of football for three years.

Jones can play both inside and out. In his senior season, he registered 57 tackles, including 17.5 for a loss and six sacks. This guy will be expected to get after the quarterback and help the Packers contain that read-option shit.

The downside with Jones is, he’s not the prototypical 3-4 defensive end in that he’s a little on the small side.

At the combine, Jones ran a 4.8 40, had 29 reps in the bench press, registered 31.5 in the vertical jump and 112 in the broad jump. That last number was only two inches better than the worst performance by a defensive end. Of course, his 4.32 in the 20-yard shuttle was one of the best performances, for whatever that’s worth.

You want highlights, here they are.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Vijay April 25, 2013

    He was my Mock Draft selection for the Packers people. Just like I had Derreck Sherrod the year we picked him. Hopefully, he works out better than Derreck has thus far (I know it’s early).

    I guess I know what the fuck I’m doing.

    I would look for names like Travis Kelce, LaVeon Bell, Bacarri Rambo, Reid Fragel as possible selections later.

    1. peter April 25, 2013

      Monday morning qb much

      1. Vijay April 25, 2013

        Fuck the haters—I did my Mock awhile ago, since then Tavon Austin love moved him up the board. My picks are correct in terms of need and value.

        1. Mike R April 26, 2013

          Vijay, you are a fucking idiot. It seems like every time you post something here, you are trying to point out how you were right about something. Most of the time you are talking out of your ass. Why do you think anyone gives a shit if you had him on your mock draft?

    2. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

      Congrats, it’s the only pick you predicted correctly, except number 1; you picked Austin at 29. You really know what you’re doing.

      1. Vijay April 25, 2013

        Again, F the haters. I did my Mock awhile ago. Tavon shot up the boards recently.

    3. Packer Bob April 25, 2013

      Nice. Ignore the haters.

  2. Packer Bob April 25, 2013

    I think Sylvester Williams would have been a better pick. Or the Packers should have traded out of the first round.

    Time will tell….

    Either way, the TT hate wagon has left the station. :)

    1. Vijay April 25, 2013

      I agree he would have been a good value pick as well. I really liked Sly’s game. He’s very fast off the snap.

  3. RelampagoBlanco April 25, 2013

    Damn Vijay, that’s amazing! Well done and thanks for the recap of your mock draft.

  4. Vijay April 25, 2013

    Short area quicks and the 40 yard dash are the only real measurables you need to worry about from the combine. He’s got good measurables in that regard and he’s extremely smart, coachable and willing to work on “improving”…may be a steal for ‘ol Teddy.

    Wait and see.

    1. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

      Long jump is a solid measure of explosiveness, it is quite significant, along with the shuttles and 3-cone; the vertical is important for DBs, WRs, and TEs. The dash isn’t that important, unless a skill player runs a pachydermatously slow, it’s about explosiveness (quickness) and speed in pads.

      1. Vijay April 25, 2013

        Shuttles and 3 cone are counted in
        short area quicks my friend.

        1. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

          I understand that, just providing a comprehensive list; the 60-yard shuttle is borderline, it helps provide an indicator of a player’s lateral mobility, i.e. sideline-to-sideline speed.

      2. Vijay April 25, 2013

        Agreed on all counts. However, the 40 has proven (for some reason) to be a great statistical indicator of potential success in the NFL. Probably because as we’ve seen, speed matters!

        1. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

          For skill positions I will agree, doesn’t matter how fast the big uglies are, just that they’re explosive .

          I’m just saying there’s a big difference between game speed and combine speed.

  5. Nacho Libre April 25, 2013

    The queens have something to prove with 3 first round picks, they’re trying their best to finally win a championship.

    1. Iltarion April 25, 2013

      I actually consider the Vikings the biggest threat in the North.

      If these three picks turn out anything close to as good as last season’s two 1st rounders did, then the Vikings are only Christian Steele away from being a very good team.

      Unfortunately, Spielman appears to know what he is doing.

      He got kinda raped on that trade to the Patriots though. Geezus, they gave up a lot.

      1. Vijay April 25, 2013

        The Queens picked a Kick Returner who is years away from learning the WR position in the NFL…Bill Polians words, not mine.

        1. Iltarion April 25, 2013

          Yeah, I thought both Patterson and Rhodes were reaches, but Floyd should be a good pick.

          1. Vijay April 25, 2013

            Rhodes is not very bright either…he’s a press corner only and struggled when asked to play zone schemes. Again, two dumb picks and one good one. That’s about right % wise. I think they’ve had a horrible draft when they cleared out all of those picks to select three in Rd 1.

            I’m not worried about them that much, well, except for ALL DAY.

      2. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

        They very well could be, though I’m not too worried about Ponder, he may be pretty good someday, like Matt Hasselbeck, but I think that’s about his ceiling. But with AD and a good defense they could be pretty tough.

        They definitely passed on some talented safeties to grab Rhodes, hopefully that’s a mistake.

        The Bears got a bit better but they still need more OL and WRs and still haven’t replaced an HoF LB.

      3. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

        Yeah the Pats kind of made them look like hosers, then again, they kind of are.

  6. Iltarion April 25, 2013

    I was going to give you props, VJ, until you gave them to yourself.

    The rest of your mock was fucked, by the way, but you did get the Packers’ pick right. Of course, Datone Jones was the predicted pick from A LOT of people, including Dustin on here.

    Dustin, where you at? Take a bow.

    Let’s hope VJ and Dustin are right about Jones. (The Packers cut one DJ and then drafted another.)

    I would love to see Bacarri Rambo in the 2nd round, and Marcus Lattimore in the 3rd or 4th.

    1. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

      More like a versatile 3-4 end, who is long, low, quick, driven and may be quite good vs. the read-option. This might be quite a good pick.

      1. Vijay April 25, 2013

        Thank you. Nice synopsis. I like Ted’s pick. I’m not hating.

      2. Iltarion April 25, 2013

        I think you meant to reply to Richard, just guessing.

        1. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

          Geez, yeah I did, sorry about that, good guessing.

    2. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

      Bacarri would be a good pick, would really like to see Cyprien, but he may be gone in the top 40, Hunt would be an intriguing pick as well.

  7. Richard April 25, 2013

    Great, a 4-3 defensive end.

    1. Packer Bob April 26, 2013

      He’s a 3-4 end. Did you even watch the draft?

      1. Richard April 26, 2013

        He was miscast as a 3-4 end. Too big for this, too small for that. I look forward to all of the sacks he duplicates at the next level, assuming he gets all the same opportunities to chase down a QB without even getting touched.

  8. Richard April 25, 2013

    If they were going to flush this one down the toilet, why not just groom Geno Smith to trade him later or trade down?

  9. Vijay April 25, 2013

    REAL Mock draft Rd#1
    1. Chiefs – Eric Fisher
    2. Jags- Sharrif Floyd
    3. Raiders – Star Lotulelei
    4. Eagles – Luke Joeckel
    5. Lions – Dee Milliner
    6. Browns – Chance Warmack
    7. Cardinals – Lane Johnson
    8. Bills – Cordarrelle Patterson
    9. Jets – Dion Jordan
    10. Titans – Kenny Vaccaro
    11. Chargers – Jonathan Cooper
    12. Dolphins – D.J. Fluker
    13. Bucs – Arthur Brown
    14. Panthers – Sheldon Richardson
    15. Saints – Jarvis Jones
    16. Rams – DeAndre Hopkins
    17. Steelers – Barkevious Mingo
    18. Cowboys – Ezekiel Ansah
    19. Giants – Bjoern Werner
    20. Bears – Manti Te’o
    21. Bengals – Jonathan Cyprien
    22. St. Louis – Eric Reid
    23. Vikings – Desmond Trufant
    24. Colts – Jesse Williams
    25. Vikings – Johnathan Hankins
    26. Packers – Datone Jones
    27. Texans – Keenan Allen
    28. Broncos – Cornelius “Tank” Carradine
    29. Patriots – Sylvester Williams
    30. Falcons – Xavier Rhodes
    31. 49ers – Tavon Austin
    32. Ravens – Alec Ogletree

    1. Iltarion April 25, 2013

      The First Round is over, mon.

    2. Packer Bob April 25, 2013

      Well, you did better than me. I made it to the third or fourth pick and then realized I no clue anymore. I got a couple right during the draft so I’m happy with that.

    3. ay hombre April 26, 2013

      If Vijay could bet on horses after the race goes official he’d dominate. Maybe post this shit before the draft and let us tell you how smart you are instead of trying to convince us how smart you are. Post round two and three….not ancient history.

  10. packers5 April 25, 2013

    john gruden on espn saids that Jones was his sleeper in round 1. Hopefully that means something.

    1. Iltarion April 25, 2013

      Yeah, Gruden was even more in love with the guy than usual.

    2. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

      Mayock’s pretty high on him as well.

    3. Packer Bob April 25, 2013

      Just as long as he can be impact player. Sometimes the sleeper picks never wake up. It’s not a sexy pick but it might be the right pick.

      1. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

        Well put, let’s hope he’s no Rip van Winkle.

  11. Phatgzus April 25, 2013

    Man swims like a shark, I bet Cal’s glad he’s in the NFL now.

  12. FITZCORE1252 April 25, 2013

    Per Mayock: D.J. was the only D lineman that consistently OWNED Fisher @ senior bowl practices… Sooo, that’s good!

    Fucking queens man.. looks like they have a GM with an eye for talent, which sux, BUT, the pats absolutely ASS RAPED them in that deal, so… That’s good!

  13. Dustin April 26, 2013

    Thanks for the love, I did predict him. I just watched a lot of the senior bowl and came away very impressed… Still a bit upset about Matt Elam, I really wanted that kid but I though he reminded me of the kid from Maine. Would provide better analysis but I’m a bit tipsy at this point! Datones very good with his hands and he was rock solid at pick 26, hoping for Franklin or ball in the second.

  14. GrnMAchineCrushesQueens April 26, 2013

    Most dominant defensive lineman on film next to Star Lotuleilei. It’d be pretty silly to knock him on his size this early considering if he gains ONLY 10 pounds, he’s as big as J.J. Watt and if he slims down about 10-15 pounds I wouldn’t mind seeing him stand up on the edge. The kid’s an ABSOLUTE SAVAGE, plain and simple. They wanted to get tougher. It begins here. Great pick, Tedward!

  15. the real russ letlow April 26, 2013

    woo hoo!!!!

  16. nurseratchett April 26, 2013

    Chris Berman called him “Dialtone” Jones because that’s all you hear after he hits you…..I like it!

    Time will tell…..

    1. Iltarion April 26, 2013

      Hahaha… awesome.

  17. Mike R April 26, 2013

    Is there any way to limit Vijay’s posts to 1 per week??? Thanks again for sharing you wealth of football knowledge with us. I know that is why I read this blog.

  18. ay hombre April 26, 2013

    I have to say the film on Datone Jones is about as dynamic as I’ve seen. That being said, the Packers have once again chosen speed over physicality. Hey, I love speed. Speed is awesome as long as you’re not lying on your back with a 330-pound white guy on top of you. (Let’s not bring race into this, Ah-mad.)

    I also hate that so many people had this guy as our selection…even though I’m not so sure why it bothers me.

    All involved will be closely watching what Sylvester Williams does in Denver and praying that the 313 pound DT falls flat on his face. For all the talk about the Packers being soft and getting bigger, the Packers AGAIN go small.

  19. Jamal Reynolds April 26, 2013

    It’s great to be back in the NFL, everyone! Thanks to the Packers for re-drafting me under the name Datone Jones.

    1. Richard April 26, 2013

      Welcome back.

  20. gopackgo April 26, 2013

    Does any one have anything on Perrys wrist injury? or worthys knee??? We are going to want them both back at full strength. also the packers need to get a Safty and a OT bad. REAL BAD, I want to see them make some moves to get 4 picks in the top 100.

  21. fake penis April 26, 2013

    A little of topic, but I can’t believe the Cowboys took Fredrick in the 1st rd! WTF were they thinking?

    1. TyKoSteamboat April 26, 2013

      No clue…He woulda still been there in the 2nd round when they picked.

      Thats what you get when your owner is your GM.

  22. Lars April 26, 2013

    Lots of reaches in that first round—DJ hayden, Kyle Long, Mingo a bit and of course frederick. The Niners tradig up for Reid, who’s weak in coverage, to replace Gholston wasn’t a very good move either. Then, there’s stupid Buffalo with EJ manuel.

  23. jeremy April 26, 2013

    “The downside with Jones is, he’s not the prototypical 3-4 defensive end in that he’s a little on the small side.”

    He’s exactly the same size as Justin Smith and about the same size as Darnell Docket. He’ll probably play at about 290. He has the frame to carry it and he has ideal quickness. I wasn’t sold at first but the more I read the more I like this guy.