Datone Jones

Datone Jones scouting report

Datone Jones DE UCLA #56
Ht: 6’4″
Wt: 283

Size/Athleticism: Rare blend of size and athleticism. Could line up anywhere on the defensive line, but would be best suited as a three-technique tackle or a 3-4 end.

Run Defense: Impressive ability to shed blocks on the interior. Blend of strength and quickness allows to him shed the blocker and quickly slip through the line. Struggles to hold up at the point of attack at times, especially when double teamed off the snap. He’s not an ideal defensive tackle to be lined up in short-yardage situations. Does a great job fighting through traffic when the play is away from him and typically gives a solid effort in pursuit. Needs to improve the angles he takes in pursuit in the open field.

Pass Rush: Over-commits to the pass rush sometimes, and will get caught out of position by a draw or screen. Needs to do a better job keeping his eyes in the backfield to pick up on these delayed plays. Doesn’t show many pass-rush moves. Almost exclusively relies on the bull rush. He’ll force his way into the backfield fairly consistently due to his size and quickness, but there will be some NFL interior lineman that simply have the strength to overpower him.

Versatility: Experience at tackle in the 4-3 scheme. Shifted to end in the 3-4 scheme under Jim Mora. Could play just about any spot on the defensive line at the next level and may be athletic enough to line up at linebacker in certain situations in the 3-4 scheme. Even played some nose tackle as a senior in the 3-4. In a 4-3 scheme, he will be an asset as an interior pass-rusher, but will be a liability at times against the run due to his struggles at the point of attack. He should draw serious interest from teams running a hybrid scheme.

Intangibles: Is he a one-year wonder? Didn’t show legitimate NFL potential until his senior year. Was is a result him playing for an NFL contract, or did he finally put it all together under the new coaching regime?

Durability: Missed entire 2010 season with a broken foot.

Comments: Jones is an intriguing prospect who should receive a wide range of grades based on the defensive scheme of each team. A team running a hybrid scheme should fall in love with his versatility. He doesn’t really stand out in any one area, which limits his upside somewhat in a more traditional defense, but an innovative defensive coordinator could really take advantage of his versatility and turn him into something special.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2013 Leave a comment

Senior Bowl notes

  • Kyle Long missed some opportinuties due to the flu, but he played on Monday and showed off his athleticism. However, he clearly lacks the fundamentals to start immediately at either tackle position. If a team wants to play him immediately it needs to be at left guard, where he primarily played at Oregon. But in a year or two he could develop into a left tackle once he refines his technique.
  • John Simon has been playing linebacker after spending his career at Ohio State primarily playing with his hand on the ground. He has experience at end and tackle, and for good reason. Simon simply lacks the athleticism to play linebacker and he has been exposed in coverage drills.
  • Robbie Rouse will make his living at the next level as third-down back, which requires strong blocking skills. It’s a tough skill to learn for undersized backs like Rouse, and he’s shown that he still has a ways to go. There’s a lot to like about his playmaking ability but he isn’t ready for that role just yet.
  • Jordan Poyer has helped himself as much as anyone this week. The Oregon State cornerback lacks elite athleticism but never backs down from a matchup and knows how to use his physical tools to his advantage. In one particular matchup against speedster Marquise Goodwin, Poyer jammed him and clearly won the battle by knocking him off the route early.
  • Speaking of Goodwin, he has impressed with his speed but lacks the overall tools to be anything more than a deep threat and return specialist at this stage of his career.
  • Aaron Dobson is another who has the speed to stretch the field but has done little else. He isn’t particularly physical hasn’t been able to create separation on shorter routes.
  • Chris Harper has been impressive so far. The former quarterback lacks the athleticism to be a deep threat, but he is a surprisingly polished route runner and looks like a prototypical possession receiver.
  • Eric Fisher has arguably been the most impressive prospect in Mobile. He was a likely top-10 pick before the week began, but there were still some concerns about making the jump from the MAC to the NFL. After three days of practice, there are no more questions lingering. Fisher is an elite prospect and could come off the board in the top five.
  • On the defensive side of the ball, the bigger winner this week has been Datone Jones. He has played end and tackle at UCLA and entered the week as a ‘tweener but he answered any questions out there about his athleticism. Jones clearly has the ability to contribute as a pass rusher on the edge and should now be considered a first-round lock.
  • Terrence Williams is one of my favorite prospects but I’ve been somewhat disappointing from what I’ve seen this week. He struggles to separate on the deep routes, making him more of a one-dimensional receiver than I initially thought. I had previously compared him to a young Andre Johnson, but without the ability to separate deep he may be more of an Anquan Boldin type. Either way, I still like him as a first-round prospect.
  • Ezekiel Ansah has been hyped up as an elite talent, albeit a raw one. So far I just haven’t seen it, either on tape or at the Senior Bowl. He has an NFL body but he isn’t nearly as athletic as he’s been made out to be. The Jason Pierre-Paul comparisons just don’t hold up. He reminds me more of Frostee Rucker. I still expect him to be in the first-round conversation, but I definitely will not giving him a first-round grade. There are just too many questions and not nearly enough potential to make up for it.
  • Oday Aboushi has been among the most disappointing prospects. I had only seen a limited amount of him during the season and was hopeful that he would show the athleticism to play left tackle. But his performance in Mobile has shown just the opposite. He may not even have the athleticism to play on the right side. On top of the limited quickness, he’s also looked soft. I wouldn’t touch him until the third round.
  • One of the biggest surprises has been Georgia’s Cornelius Washington. He played both end and linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 but has been playing end at the Senior Bowl. He’s more athletic than I expected and has blown past a few linemen off the snap. He entered the week as a fringe prospect but may be solidifying his spot in the middle rounds of the draft.
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