Datone Jones is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at UCLA and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Jones played football at Compton High School in Compton, California and he was a defensive end. Further, he also played basketball as a point guard and participated in track and field. He played defensive end and defensive tackle at UCLA from 2008 to 2012. Since 2008, he played in 10 games with 2 starts and finished with 15 tackles.
Jones was born in Los Angeles, California. Jones attended Compton High School in Compton, California, where he played as a defensive end for the Compton Tarbabes high school football team. As a junior in 2006, he had 60 tackles and four sacks. As a senior in 2007, Jones had 91 tackles, seven sacks, two fumble recoveries, nine hurries and three pass deflections. Jones was named second-team all-state by Cal-Hi sports. Additionally, he was also the Moore League co-defensive player of the year.
Jones was highly recruited coming out of high school and was given a four-star prospect ranking by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. Scouts said that he had a good explosion, pass-rushing skills, and quickness off the ball, but also expressed concern about his techniques and moves. “I go low, fast and hard. That’s my strength,” Jones said. “Every coach I talk with says how much they love how I fly around sideline-to-sideline and hit. I think quarterbacks are afraid of me and I’m really hard to block because I have such a fast get off.” He had a 3.0 GPA and an 810 SAT score which he planned to retake. He received scholarship offers from UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oregon, Arizona, Nebraska, and USC. Jones has ultimately decided to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
In UCLA, Jones played both defensive end and defensive tackle for the UCLA Bruins football team from 2008 to 2012. He completed his Bruin career with 43 starts, including his final 28 straight games and finished with 148 tackles (90 solos), 36.5 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, five passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
In his first year with the team, Jones played in ten games with two starts. His first start came against California, where he had a season-high six tackles (4 solos).
Scouts commented that he was a well-built athlete that had a good initial explosion off the ball and used his hands well. However, he was also described as a tweener who lacks the sustained speed and flexibility to be a 4-3 defensive end who also tired quickly.
- Full Name: Datone Wayne Jones
- Date of Birth: July 24, 1990
- Age: 29 years
- Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
- Height: 1.96 m
- Weight: 129 kg
- Number: 95 (Green Bay Packers / Defensive end), etc.
- Education: University of California, Los Angeles (2008–2012), Compton High School
- High school: Compton (Compton, California)
- College: UCLA
- NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
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