Report: Packers sign Datone Jones
Defensive end Datone Jones.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have inked their first-round draft pick, according to a report.
This came from Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo:
Datone Jones' birthday is today. Packers' present to him was his contract. The 1st-round pick has signed his deal, source tells @FOXSports.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 24, 2013
The Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein gave more details.
#Packers have agreed to terms with First round pick Datone Jones. Four years, 7.71 million, 6.25 guaranteed.— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) July 25, 2013
Jones is seen as a missing piece to a Packers defense that crumbled under the pressure of teams like the San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 NFC Divisional playoff.
He comes to Green Bay from UCLA. He is a graduate of Compton High School and decided to stay in the LA area after graduation.
"Very versatile player, played up and down the line of scrimmage," said Packers General Manager Ted Thompson fter drafting Jones.
620WTMJ's Jeff Falconio, part of our Packers Gameday team, says Jones' knowledge of the Packers' formations should help get him up to speed more quickly.
"For starters, the transition to the NFL should be a smooth one as UCLA ran a 3-4 defense last year," said Falconio.
"Jones played defensive end in that scheme so the learning curve won't be as steep compared to a player who comes from a 4-3. Jones is mostly know as a pass rusher and while he doesn't have blazing speed he does have the size and strength to be disruptive. Jones is also what they call a "high motor" guy. He doesn't take plays off and has displayed great work ethic. As far as we know, Jones wasn't a distraction off the field so he also fits the bill of a high character guy."
According to his UCLA bio, Jones is a "talented player who possesses the ability to be a disruptive force in opposing backfields."
"Jones looks the part, and his production matched up to his talent in his senior season," NFL.com explained.
"He is very long, has good initial quickness/power, and plays with good pad level. He is versatile enough to play anywhere along the defensive line. Going forward, Jones needs to do a better job of anchoring, or disengaging once his intial surge is halted. However, his immense physical talent and extremely productive senior season should make him an early selection."
In Jones' senior year, he had 62 tackles, 19 which had the opposing team coming up for a loss, and 6.5 sacks.
In a conference call after the draft selection in April, Jones said the pick is like a dream.
"To be able to play at Lambeau Field is crazy. I'm so hyped up," he said, according to the Packers.
He added that he wants to be the best player of all time, and in order to be that, "everything has to be in line." That includes on and off the field, he said.