Three picks later, the Baltimore Ravens selected Arthur Jones.
Four years later, the Packers have another chance at Jones.
An NFL source, confirming a report by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun and Scout.com, said the Packers have interest in the free agent defensive end.
Jones barely played as a rookie — Quarless was a starter as the Packers won the Super Bowl — but has blossomed into a standout over the past two seasons. In 2012, he played in 16 games (six starts) and tallied 4.5 sacks and five tackles for losses. He was even better in 2013. In 14 games (13 starts), he ranked fourth on the team with four sacks and tied for second with eight tackles for losses.
In ProFootballFocus.com's ranking of 3-4 defensive ends, Jones finished 12th out of 45 players who received at least 25 percent playing time.
Jones (6-3, 315) would be a big-time addition for the Packers, who were shredded on the ground and have four defensive linemen heading to free agency. Jones is one of the best run-stopping defensive ends in the game. In 2013, he had 26 run stops, which ProFootballFocus.com defines as an impact tackle (such as a tackle that holds a first-and-10 play to 3 yards or less). Jones played 260 snaps against the run, giving him a sixth-ranked run-stop percentage of 10.0.
While Green Bay's Mike Daniels had a breakout season with 13 run stops and a run-stop percentage of 8.6, Johnny Jolly had eight run stops in 143 snaps (5.6 percent) and B.J. Raji had 12 run stops in 312 snaps (3.8). All of the Packers' defensive ends — Raji, Jolly, C.J. Wilson (three), Josh Boyd (two), Jerel Worthy (one) and Datone Jones (zero) — combined for 26 run stops. That's as many as Jones by himself.
Jones, who will turn 28 in June, would not come cheap. Minnesota's Everson Griffen signed a five-year deal worth $42.5 million with the Vikings on Sunday. Griffen, who will turn 27 in December, received $20 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Griffen had eight sacks in 2012 and 5.5 sacks in 2013 but isn't as good against the run.
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