The Green Bay Packers selected UCLA’s Datone Jones with the No. 26 overall pick, who is taller and leaner than the Packers two defensive lineman drafted last year, Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels.
The 6-foot-4 and 285-pound Jones was selected for his size and speed to defend against the quick and talented quarterbacks of the NFC, like Washington’s Robert Griffin III, San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and Seattle’s Russell Wilson.
“To add a little more speed to the defense we think is a good idea,” general manager Ted Thompson said via Packers.com.
“When it got to be our pick, we were pretty committed. We were a little surprised the opportunity was there to still take him.”
Jones credits coach Jim Mora, who took over as the Bruins’ head coach last year, for having such a great season last year. Jones had 6.5 sacks with 19 tackles for a loss in 2012.
“He was showing how we should approach the game, how we should study as pros,” Jones said. “I thought we became grown men.”
Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers believes Jones will be able to hold his own against read-option quarterbacks.
“He has very good length,” Capers said. “He’s a very lean guy. He’s one of those guys that’ll be able to put on weight.”
“You like those athletic guys that can go out in space and rush from the outside,” Capers said. “We could see him do a lot of the things we ask our defensive linemen to do. We play a lot of sub packages and he can move inside. They play a very similar defense at UCLA.”
Jones said he watched Reggie White growing up and says thats the player he wants to carry himself after.
“The only thing he knew was to beat the guy across from him,” Jones said. “Reggie White played one way, with maniacal effort and complete hunger. No matter who he lined up against, he wanted to dominate, and that’s the type of player I want to carry myself after.”