Green Bay Packers select Datone Jones in first round of NFL Draft

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Datone Jones

Datone Jones

GREEN BAY (WITI) — The Green Bay Packers have selected Datone Jones in the first round of the NFL Draft, which began Thursday evening, April 25th.

Jones is a defensive end. He played college football at UCLA. He was considered one of the top defensive end prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Jones attended University of California, Los Angeles from 2008 to 2012. During his career he started 43 games and recorded 148 tackles and 12.5 sacks.

Jones’ stats are as follows:

UCLA – Talented player who possesses the ability to be a disruptive force in opposing backfields … Has played both end and tackle … Completed his Bruin career with 43 starts, including his final 28 straight games.

2012 – Starter in all 14 games and was selected second-team all-conference by the league coaches … Ranked fifth on the team in tackles, first among the defensive linemen with 62 stops … Second on the team with 19.0 tackles for loss, which ranked fifth in the Pac-12 (1.36/g) … His 6.5 sacks ranked third on the team and 18th in the Pac-12 (0.46/g) … Blocked two kicks … Caught a touchdown pass against Houston while playing offense in a short-yardage situation … Credited with forcing a safety versus Nebraska … Made six tackles in the opener at Rice, including 2.0 sacks … Had 3.0 tackles for loss against both Nebraska and Houston … Made a career-best nine tackles in win at Arizona State … Had 1.5 tackles for loss at Washington State and blocked a kick … Registered 2.0 tackles for loss in each contest against Stanford … Made 1.5 tackles for loss in the Holiday Bowl against Baylor … Earned the Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior of the Year on Defense and the Captain Don Brown Award for Most Improved Player at the annual team awards banquet … Named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list … Selected to play in the Senior Bowl collegiate all-star game.

2011 – Started all 14 games … Topped the team with 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks … Led all linemen with 41 tackles … Named to Hendricks Award watch list … Had two tackles at Houston … Three stops vs. San Jose State … Notched one tackle for loss against Texas … Four stops, including one sack, vs. Washington State … Five tackles, 0.5 for loss, at Arizona … Matched his career-best with six tackles versus Cal and added a career-high two sacks … Had three tackles at Utah and vs. Arizona State … Three stops, 1.0 for loss, vs. Colorado … Tallied three tackles at USC … Had six tackles at Oregon, 1.0 for loss … Two tackles against Illinois.

2010 – Sidelined by a fractured right foot during Fall Camp (Aug. 10) … Sat out the entire season … Was listed on the pre-season Watch List for the Hendricks Award.

2009 – Starter in all 13 games … Third on team with 4.0 sacks and T-22nd in Pac-10 and fourth on team with his 11.0 tackles for loss (12th in Pac-10) … Earned Sophomore All-America honorable mention from … Had one tackle assist and broke up two passes against SDSU … Three stops at Tennessee, 1.0 for loss … Four tackles, a sack and a second tackle for loss, against Kansas St. … Credited with three tackles, including a sack on which he forced a fumble at Stanford … Two tackles, 0.5 for loss, versus Oregon … Registered two tackle assists, both for loss (1.0 total) against Cal … Three tackles at Arizona, one for loss … Forced and recovered a fumble on the first play of the second half … Three tackles, 0.5 for loss, at Oregon St. … Two tackles, including a five-yard sack, against Washington … Three tackles at Washington State, one for loss … One tackle for loss against Arizona St. … Credited with three tackles, including a seven-yard sack, in bowl win over Temple.

2008 – Appeared in 10 games with two starts (Cal, Oregon St.) … Finished with 15 tackles … Two tackles versus Stanford … Made first career start at Cal and was credited with six tackles, four solos … Started against Oregon St. and made four stops … Had one tackle off bench at Washington … One tackle against USC … Named to All-Pac-10 Freshman team.

HIGH SCHOOL – Played football for coach Calvin Bryant at Compton (CA) HS … Ranked No. 15 defensive end nationally by ESPN … Earned four stars from … Earned four stars from … SuperPrep All-American … Named All-State second team by Cal-Hi Sports … Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team member … Moore League co-Defensive Player of the Year … As a senior, he made 91 tackles, seven sacks, two fumble recoveries, nine hurries and three pass deflections … As a junior, he recorded 60 tackles, including four sacks.

PERSONAL – Full Name: Datone Wayne Jones … Born: July 24, 1990 in Los Angeles, CA … Parents: Anthony Jones and Shondra Hall … Has one brother and four sisters … Lists former NFL star Michael Strahan as the athlete he admires the most … His biggest thrill in sports was his first-ever sack in a varsity high school football game… Director’s Honor Roll in Winter 2009 and Spring 2009 … History major.

Career Highs
Tackles: 9 at Arizona State, 2012
Tackles for Loss: 3.0 vs. Houston, 2012; vs. Nebraska, 2012
Sacks – 2.0 at Rice, 2012; vs. Cal, 2011











P Def


2008 10 10 5 12.5
2009 13 12 18 21 4 / 28 11 / 50 2 1 3
2010 0
2011 14 23 18 32 3 / 7 6.5 / 16 2
2012 14 45 17 53.5 6.5 / 39 19 / 64 2
TOTAL 51 90 58 119 13.5 / 74 36.5 / 130 4 1 5

The NFL draft features a three-day format, with Round 1 beginning at 7 p.m. CT, on Thursday, April 25, followed by Rounds 2-3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday, April 26, and Rounds 4-7 beginning at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, April 27.

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