What the Scouts Said About Top Pick D. Jones

Here are some of the opinions offered to Packer Report about UCLA defensive end Datone Jones. Among them: "Datone Jones is pretty damned good. He's just so explosive."

Here's what the scouts had to say about the Green Bay Packers' first-round pick, UCLA defensive end Datone Jones:

NFL lead scout Dave-Te' Thomas: "I like him, I don't like him; I like him, I don't like him. I like him as an edge rusher, I don't like him when he has to bull rush. When he has to work in-line, he gets tied up too much because he leaves his chest exposed."

AFC scout who works for a team running a 3-4 scheme: "Datone Jones is pretty damned good. He's just so explosive."

NFC scout who works for a team running a 3-4 defense: "When you watch him on film, he took too many downs off for my liking. He fits the mold of what you guys have played with with your five-techniques. He's got some good movement to him. He can create a rush and is stout against the run. The place where he really shined was the Senior Bowl. He really came on. I would be surprised if you guys took him at 26. He's a solid player. Top-of-the-second to mid-second kind of pick."

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, the former Browns general manager: "The good thing about him is he can rush from the inside in sub, so he's a three-down defensive lineman. Anytime you can draft a lineman who can play all three downs, it's a positive. He would definitely give you something in sub as a third-down pass rusher. He's a real versatile player. (UCLA coach) Jim Mora recommended I take him and said he would really rocket up the boards, and he was right. Datone came in here and had an excellent Senior Bowl week. He's going to go late in the first or early in the second round."

The scouting section of his official biography from Scouting Services Inc: "While he has a very quick short-area burst, Jones is better served coming off the edge and making plays on the move rather than waiting for the action to come to him. He has very good balance, body control and quickness off the snap. He also demonstrates impressive leverage strength and a solid frame. He displays proper knee bend when pass rushing off the edge and the burst to close on the quarterback. He also uses his long arms effectively to reach and separate.

"When he is isolated or coming off the edge, Jones has that exceptional ability to get off the ball and gain instant penetration. His strong and active hand usage (rip and swim moves) allows him to easily beat isolated blocks, demonstrating a powerful arm cross over move to break free.

"Jones plays with a lot of effort and urgency in his pursuit. He is a classic wrap-up tackler who does a nice job to anchor, staying low in his pads. He can stack, shed, extend and slide to make the plays on the corner. He is very slippery at the line with his rip and swim moves, making it difficult for the offensive tackles to make a reach block on him.

"Against the pass, Jones can simply explode off the ball and into the backfield. He has very good body control and hand usage to avoid blocks and work around them to put pressure on the pocket. Under Jim Mora's guidance, he developed an array of moves and can be effective with all of them. He is fluid with his above-average redirect ability and has more than enough quickness to pressure the pocket regularly.

"One area Jones has made marked improvement is flushing out the quarterback and pressuring the pocket. He is strong enough to play off blocks when working inside and can deliver a knockout blow on the quarterback when coming off the edge. He has sudden moves to close and his initial step will generally beat the slower blockers off the snap."


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