Prospect: Datone Jones, DE, UCLADatone Jones

Height: 6’3⅞”

Weight: 283 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Explosive first step with ability to accelerate through holes and into the backfield
  • Limitless raw power which shows up on an every-down basis
  • Open field speed and pursue ability that of an interior lineman more so than that of an edge defender
  • Struggles to stay under control occasionally and technique suffers as a result

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Not a highly disciplined player, takes himself out of plays by getting too far upfield often, rarely spins back into the flow of plays
  • Decisive reactions to what he sees, not a hesitant player in the least
  • Relentless drive between the tackles but will motor it down at the end of plays he doesn’t think he can get to
  • Highly experienced defender with 43 career starts
  • Positionally versatile player who was used all across the defensive line

Pass Rush:

  • Has a considerable repertoire of pass rush moves that come natural to him from the interior
  • Effectiveness much higher when rushing from outside in than from inside out
  • Packs a powerful first punch and can work in moves effectively after jolting blockers and knocking them off balances
  • Combines a powerful club with a quick lateral step to win to the inside, utilizes power with a strong rip and swim move as well
  • Has explosion off the snap to run past slow-footed pass blockers
  • Lacks edge rush ability despite first step quickness, unable to finish around the corner with speed

Run Support:

  • Gap penetrator who has disrupted many a backfield, has the upper body strength to ward off the hands of blockers from either side
  • When he shoots his hands well on first contact he can control blockers well, lacks consistency though
  • Ability to shed blockers quickly and thoroughly is limited by lack of proper technique from his hands
  • Effectiveness of stacking run blockers at the line and controlling multiple gaps limited due to want of shooting gaps and lack of discipline
  • Often fails to break down after getting into the backfield and misses tackles as a result
  • High impact tackler who hits quarterbacks and ball carriers with force while wrapping
  • Target for kick out blocks due to his tendency to get too far upfield when left unblocked initially

Technique:

  • Strong hands mean high potential in his hand usage
  • Consistently keeps his pad level down and wins leverage battles at the point of attack
  • Loses hand battles at the point of attack more often than not and can’t keep the hands of blockers off his chest as a result
  • Lacks technician qualities that usually come with a player of his experience, can be attributed to winning with natural ability

Overall:

Datone Jones is simply a bully to offensive linemen.  His strength and quick first step make him a handful for any offensive line.  In 2013 he put together an extremely productive senior season with 57 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks.  He has ability to fly through gaps and leave blockers in his wake or to win with a powerful punch and a strong lower half.  The scary part is that he hasn’t really hit his true potential yet because he still plays with reckless abandon and technique that needs to be refined.  He’s a perfect fit for any defense that likes to get creative with their front 7, because there’s so much he brings to the table.  Jones should be highly sought after by teams that run a hybrid scheme because of his versatility.  He has all the natural tools to contribute and be disruptive on day one.  If Datone Jones can continue to develop into his body and learn to make even better use of his strength and athletic ability, there’s no doubt that he can become one of the league’s best defensive linemen.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Datone Jones Scouting Report

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