2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

by Cory J. Bonini on March 26, 2013 @ 16:51:28 PDT

 


UCLA defensive end Datone Jones enters the 2013 NFL Draft after a promising senior campaign. He racked up 62 stops (19 for loss) and 6.5 sacks in 2012. Following a broken foot that cost him the entire 2010 season, Jones returned for 41 tackles and 3.0 sacks in '11.

Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
What position is he in the NFL?

Strengths

  • Good size (6-foot-4, 283 pounds)
  • Enough functional strength to play 3-4 five technique
  • Above-average athleticism
  • Has displayed the ability to shoot the gap and disrupt plays
  • Pretty good quickness off the snap when he fires out
  • Improved as a senior and could have significant upside in the NFL
  • Shows a respectable repertoire of pass-rushing moves (club, swim, rip, bull rush)
  • Versatility - was moved around a lot at UCLA
  • Read-and-react skills - was asked to do this a lot, especially versus the run, in college
  • Intelligent, hard-working player with a passion for the game

Weaknesses

  • Terribly inconsistent
  • Tends to lose his balance firing out - destroys any chance of gaining leverage
  • Failed to live up to expectations
  • A bit of a tweener - what is he in the NFL?
  • Lacks elite bend and ability to turn the corner
  • Conditioning could be a factor

Expected draft placement

Jones has first-round potential, but his limitations could cause him to slide into the second day. He has a shot at going to the Minnesota Vikings (No. 23, No. 25) or Indianapolis Colts (No. 24). The Atlanta Falcons (No. 30) are also a possibility in the first round.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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