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Datone Jones brings athleticism to Packers line, wants to emulate Reggie White

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Ted Thompson and Dom Capers have great things to say about Datone Jones, who did a perfect job of sounding extremely confident without being arrogant when talking about joining the Green Bay Packers.


The Green Bay Packers' defensive front got better last night when they picked up Datone Jones with the 26th pick in the draft. Jones is an extremely athletic lineman who excelled as both a 4-3 end and pass-rushing tackle at UCLA who projects to 3-4 defensive end in the Packers' scheme. He didn't waste any time last night before he invoked the name of one of the greatest Packers of all time.

He also set a high standard for himself out of the gate, but made sure he did it in a measured way that makes him come off as understanding that his raw ability won't automatically lead him to success.

The Packers' Twitter account also sent out some thoughts from defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who was happy to add a player with Jones' speed, size and versatility.

Before the draft, Jones seemed like he knew that going to Green Bay was a distinct possibility. When asked about the Packers, he showed specific knowledge of the team when he said that "[t]hey run a multiple defense but for the most part they run the 3-4 defense, and I feel like when they go to third-down mode with their nickel package, I can rush from the interior. Me as the 'three-tech,' big (B.J.) Raji as a nose, play next to Nick Perry and go to work."

We'll have our grades for the pick out shortly, but I'll give you a little spoiler: I'm a big fan. I was behind picking Jones all week, and I'm thrilled we got him.

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