2017 NFL Draft

Datone Jones, DE

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Compton, CA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 283 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 31. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: A few years ago, Jones, at 6-4, 280 pounds, might have been considered a 'tweener. With defensive coordinators forced to adjust to the rapidly expanding offenses of today's NFL, however, Jones ranks as an intriguing hybrid defender who can hold up against the run as a base defensive end, while beating interior lineman with his quickness if moved inside on passing downs. Jones racked up an impressive 19 tackles for loss in 2012 and has been equally impressive at the Senior Bowl and combine since. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 18. DE Datone Jones, UCLA (6-4, 283, 5SR)...Although he was often miscast on the Bruins' three-man defensive front, Jones has the quickness and hand strength to win in various ways from multiple positions. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/17/2013 - 2013 UCLA Pro Day: Datone Jones, DE (277) - Jones stood on his combine numbers and only did the position drills. The feeling with Jones is that he has to be play defense end in a 4-3 base defense in the NFL. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/13/2013 - 2013 UCLA Pro Day: After strong performances at the Senior Bowl and combine, UCLA stars Datone Jones and Johnathan Franklin knew they didn't have to do much at their Pro Day in terms of timed workouts and they didn't, choosing instead to focus on positional drills. With only UCLA and NFL personnel allowed into the workout, specific numbers weren't immediately available. However, one source on hand who did see the workouts was willing to provide a general overview of some of the positional workouts turned in by UCLA's most prominent prospects. Jones, according to the source, demonstrated the light feet and good upper body explosiveness during bag drills he'd used in racking up 17 1/2 tackles for loss as a senior. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/23/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Wednesday: Okafor, Jones lead impressive North defensive line...Jones, stouter at 6-4 (1/8) and a rock-solid 280 pounds, has seen time at left and right defensive end. Jones, who posted 19 tackles for loss for the Bruins but "just" 6.5 sacks is used to being moved around, as he saw time at virtually every position along the Bruins' defensive line throughout his career. His combination of quickness and strength results in an explosiveness that has been tough for the North defensive linemen to handle. He was able to simply bull-rush offensive linemen, including Fisher and Wisconsin's Ricky Wagner on multiple occasions. In prior years, Jones' 6-4, 280 pound frame may have earned him the dreaded 'tweener label. With so many clubs looking for "hybrid" defensive linemen capable of playing inside or out, however, he's earning high marks from talent evaluators for his versatility. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, TUESDAY RISER: DE Datone Jones, UCLA (North Team)...After an impressive practice on Monday, Datone Jones kept the momentum going on Tuesday, standing out as one of the best defensive stars on the North squad. He is very strong from head to toe and does a nice job using his powerful arms and hands to rip past blockers. He wasn't overly productive as a pass rusher at UCLA, largely due to the fact that he was moved all over the Bruins' hybrd 3-4 scheme, but he did record 19 tackles for loss as a senior with his impressive blend of burst and power to dispose of blockers at the point of attack. Jones is a name that will start to appear in first round mock drafts moving forward. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, MONDAY RISER: DE Datone Jones, UCLA...After impressing scouts with his striking physique during weigh-ins, UCLA's Datone Jones carried that momentum over to the practice field. He showed excellent short-area burst off the edge, winning with strength and quickness at the point of attack. Jones lined up all over the defensive line in college and it's tough to classify him at one position, but his scheme versatility will make him an attractive prospect for hybrid defenses like in New England. Considered a second rounder entering the week, he made a strong case on Monday as to why he should be considered a top-32 selection. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday North practice: A pair of pass rushers made noise all of Monday's practice on the North squad: Texas defensive end Alex Okafor and UCLA defensive end Datone Jones. Okafor was playing with a full tank and beat blockers with aggressive power and a fiery attitude ripping through the line of scrimmage. Jones was similar with his short-area burst, winning with strength and quickness at the point of attack. Considered second rounders entering the week, both Okafor and Jones made strong cases as to why they should be considered top-32 selections. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/30/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Datone Jones - The senior had one sack of Stanford's Kevin Hogan last week, giving him five sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss on the season. He and DE Cassius Marsh have provided a lot of pressure in the backfield for UCLA this season. - The Sports Xchange

11/29/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND-TEAM: DL Datone Jones, Sr., UCLA...has been selected Second Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. - UCLA football

10/13/2012 - Five Prospects I'll Be Watching Saturday: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: Two desperate Pac-12 teams which entered the 2012 season with high hopes face off when the Bruins (1-2 in conference play) travel to Utah (0-2). Much of the pre-game hype will focus on Utah's "star" defensive lineman Star Lotulelei. Frankly, considering that he's been my top-rated senior defensive prospect since last May (and currently my No. 3 overall prospect), I can't disagree with that. The Bruins have their own star in Jones, however, who certainly deserves more attention nationwide than he's received thus far. The 6-4, 275 Jones is moved up and down the Bruins' defensive line and yet ranks among the Pac-12 leaders with 10 tackles for loss, including three sacks. He has also blocked a kick, forced a fumble and recorded a safety for the Bruins this season. The muscle-bound Jones has the strength, athleticism and motor scouts are looking for. Considering the NFL's willingness to gamble on talented defensive linemen, should Jones' breakout senior campaign continue, he could wind up joining Lotulelei as a top 50 candidate come April. This game begins at 3:00 pm eastern and will be televised by FOX. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/11/2012 - 9/11/2012 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 4. Datone Jones DE UCLA....Franklin has had a great offensive start for the Bruins, but he has merely been the co-MVP of UCLA's 2-0 start, sharing the honor with Datone Jones, who has dominated on the other side of the ball. Although he has just one sack thus far, he is tied for the conference lead with 5.0 tackles for loss and constantly put pressure on the Nebraska backfield this past Saturday. He finished with just three tackles, but all three were behind the line of scrimmage and he made several other impact plays with an interception (although it was called back because of penalty) and a safety, which put the Bruins up for good over the Huskers. Jones has a thickly-built frame with broad shoulders and has packed on as much muscle as possible to his body. He is extremely active with a quick first step and explosive closing burst, attacking blockers with power and speed. Jones lines up all over the Bruins' three-man front and although he isn't the biggest or strongest, he is a load to handle because he is so relentless, making offenses plan for him on every snap. He lacks a natural position at the next level, but Jones has cemented his draft value in the top-100 in my mind and I'm sure I'm not alone. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/09/2012 - DE Datone Jones had his second consecutive big game, following his two-sack performance at Rice with three tackles for loss against Nebraska that included a safety with 8:44 to play. It was a huge play that broke a 27-27 tie, as Jones tracked down QB Taylor Martinez for a five-yard loss on a rush.

09/09/2012 - Datone Jones sacked Taylor Martinez for a fourth-quarter safety to break a tie game, and UCLA added a clinching touchdown to upset No. 16 Nebraska 36-30 on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. Jones bolted through the line to tackle Martinez in the end zone after the Nebraska quarterback made the wrong decision on a first-down snap from the 5-yard line. That gave UCLA a 29-27 lead with 8:44 remaining, and after Nebraska had two empty possessions, freshman quarterback Brett Hundley hit running back Johnathan Franklin for a 9-yard touchdown run, stretching the lead to 36-27. Nebraska's Brett Maher kicked his third field goal of the game, a 40-yarder with 1:36 remaining, but UCLA recovered the onside kick, and the Bruins ran out the clock. Hundley completed 21 of 31 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns, and Franklin ran 26 times for 217 yards. Franklin's final touchdown came after Andrew Abbott intercepted Martinez and returned the ball to the Nebraska 16-yard line with 3:07 remaining. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2012 - A year later, Datone Jones had the type of impact everyone thought he would. Jones, looking to rebound from a forgettable 2011 season, wasted little time in doing just that by playing one of the best games of his career in the UCLA Bruins' season-opener last week at Rice. A 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive lineman, Jones equaled his career high with six tackles, including a sack, and made a game-changing play by forcing a fumble just before halftime of a 49-24 victory over the Owls. It was a far cry from his start to last season, when he had only five tackles through the first five games and made it the entire season without forcing a fumble. "I just wanted to go out there and dominate," Jones said. "It didn't have anything to do with stats. I just wanted to dominate my man every play and every chance I got." He made an almost immediate impact. Four plays into the game, Jones sacked quarterback Taylor McHargue and two plays later the Owls punted. Then, with UCLA clinging to a 29-24 lead near the end of the first half, Jones burst through the line and disrupted the backfield enough to force a fumble. Damien Holmes scooped up the ball and ran it 44 yards for a momentum-shifting touchdown that gave the Bruins a 35-24 halftime lead. These were the types of plays expected out of Jones last season, who looked unstoppable during camp then didn't record a sack until Week 6. Jones said he spent the offseason of soul searching. He watched game films over and over and saw a selfish player. He had missed the season before because of a broken foot so maybe he was trying to make up for lost time. He has been touted as an NFL prospect, so maybe he was trying to live up to the hype. Whatever it was, Jones didn't like what he saw. "I was chasing stats," Jones said. "My biggest thing was making plays and chasing down quarterbacks and my ego and that was one thing I had to let go. I had to check my ego at the door." - Peter Yoon, ESPN Los Angeles

09/04/2012 - PAC-12: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING: DE Datone Jones, UCLA: The senior defensive end recorded two sacks against Rice Thursday and tallied six total tackles, including four solo ones. Jones' two sacks is the third-highest total nationally. Jones currently sits right outside of CBSSports.com's top 100 draft prospects -- he's ranked 110 -- if he puts up similar numbers against Nebraska Saturday, he could see his stock shoot way up. You can see him next: Saturday, vs. Nebraska, 7:30 p.m. ET (Fox). - John Breech, CBSSports.com

09/02/2012 - DE Datone Jones, coming off a disappointing junior season, had a positive start to his senior season with two sacks against Rice. He also forced a fumble.

08/30/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: New coach Jim Mora installed an aggressive 3-4 defense that is new to UCLA, so there is big scheme change on this side of the ball, too. The loss of linebacker Patrick Larimore is significant, and junior Ryan Hofmeister will try to capably fill that spot. Aaron Hester and Sheldon Price offer size and experience at cornerback. Mora did quite a bit of personnel shifting in the camp, including having 198-pound S Dalton Hilliard work at middle linebacker. But with the cornerbacks, FS Tevin McDonald, emerging star LB Eric Kendricks and DL Datone Jones (looking to return to his sophomore year form), the Bruins could be salty on this side of the ball. - The Sports Xchange

07/25/2012 - Top-five UCLA prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. DL Datone Jones, who started all 14 games at while splitting time between defensive tackle and defensive end last season for the Bruins, will slide outside and remain there this year as the team transitions to a 3-4 scheme. As he demonstrated last season in racking up 41 tackles and leading UCLA in both tackles for loss (6.5) and sacks (three), he has the combination of bulk, strength and athleticism to handle this role. Jones' numbers, frankly, were disappointing as he's flashed the skill-set to be one of the Pac-12's more dangerous defensive linemen. Jones caught the imagination of UCLA coaches early in his career, appearing in 10 games (and starting two) as a true freshman (15 tackles). He enjoyed the best statistical season of his career to date as a sophomore, registering 30 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and four sacks while opponents focused their attention on the disruptive Brian Price and Ayers. Rather than have his career take off in 2010 as hoped by the UCLA faithful, Jones was lost for the entire season after breaking his right foot in fall camp. As a five-technique defensive end, Jones' numbers aren't expected to rise significantly in 2012. However, this doesn't mean that scouts won't be impressed, necessarily. With so many NFL clubs incorporating hybrid fronts, a versatile and battle-tested defender with Jones' size and athleticism could earn a surprisingly high grade. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


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