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Packers Select Big Defensive End Datone Jones In First Round



After getting gashed for 500 rushing yards in the Divisional Round of the NFC Playoffs and watching Adrian Peterson run for 400 yards in two games during the regular season, the Green Bay Packers focused on a force on the defensive line with their first pick in last night’s NFL Draft.

“Datone Jones is a very versatile player. He played all up and down the line of scrimmage at UCLA,” Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said. “He really flourished in Coach (Jim) Mora’s new system out there.”

Jones’ best season was last year, when Mora took over as the Bruins’ head coach. He set all career highs with 6 ½ sacks among 19 tackles for loss in 2012.

When Jones arrived at UCLA in 2008, he weighed less than 240 pounds. He added roughly 30 pounds by his sophomore season in 2009 but then missed all of 2010 with a broken foot he sustained early in fall camp. After losing a season, he came back to play two more years, starting all 28 games for UCLA in 2011-12.

At 285 pounds, Jones isn’t as heavy as the prototypical 3-4 end, but at 6-foot-4 he has the height. Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers noted his frame can comfortably add some weight, and his college history would indicate that’s true.

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