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Packers pick Datone Jones in first round

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on April 25, 2013 – 10:13 pm

GREEN BAY–The Packers selected UCLA defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th pick of tonight’s NFL draft. Jones, 6-4, 280, registered 6.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss last season. He is considered versatile enough to play in several schemes.

Jones was one of the standout players at the Senior Bowl and at the scouting combine this past winter. He immediately addresses the Packers’ need for young talent on an aging defensive line.

“His size, balance, explosiveness and pass-rush ability make him scheme and position-versatile,” one draft publication said of Jones.

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120 Responses to “Packers pick Datone Jones in first round”

  1. By Leonardo on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Great pick. Now that the D-line is taken care of, I’d like to see Ted address the offense. Would love a running back, but a big O-lineman would be great, too. Excellent first day.

  2. By Dan A on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Great draft choice. Datone can play outside the DL and inside, just what the Packers needed!
    Rumor has it that BJ and Pickett came in this week a little overweight!

    Go Pack Go

  3. By Tarlam on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    In Ted I trust!

    God protect Bosten!

  4. By Bill on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I would like to see a top notch middle LB or even a 2nd DL if that’s where the talent is in the 2nd.

  5. By DaGrise on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, Vikes making huge moves. Bring it on Queenies!

  6. By Ron Wimmer on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I just wonder if Jones is big enough to 3-gap.Hope the Pack pick o-line heavily and get a running back

  7. By Scott 1956 on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Another undersized D-Lineman. Because that keeps working so well!

  8. By chuck on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I sure hope this guy knows the one term no other D-lineman knew at all last year, OUTSIDE CONTAIN…. that is BASIC FUNDAMENTALS…..IN TT I TRUST…..GO PACK :)

  9. By jonnydreamer on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply


  10. By Simon de Tute on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Manti Teo is he under consideration?

  11. By Patrick Dugan on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    How do we not pick Lacy? I love Ted and the crew, but we have a glaring hole at RB and we have had consistently bad luck with Defensive players since Clay and BJ. This is awful! Vikes got better in the draft and we addressed a need we missed last year. This pick sucks…even if he’s the nicest human being ever!

  12. By Rick on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Hamstring with Lacy.

  13. By Scott 1956 on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    All the talk was about getting bigger and stronger and faster on both lines. So, once again, he picks a undersized DE.

  14. By dan wilson on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    wow, vikes gave up a No 2, 3. 4 and 7 in a very deep draft for that wr at 29..?????? just made the patriots draft a lot better

    better them than us

    stupid move imho

    love the datone jones pick , go pack go

  15. By Kevin in NC on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I’d rather see Gio Bernard of UNC than Lacy. He is an outstanding runner.

  16. By Sean on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    can someone tell me how 6-4 280 is undersized? he’s not an OT.

  17. By Seth on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Mark, Ted, Coach, Please give a AROD a consistent RB…Make us 2 dimensional!

  18. By bruce on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    what a bustin my opinion tt just blew it, another undersized de. could he not see last season our defensive guys ..it took all of them to try and bring down a player. and no address to the offence. I hope Arron is building his body as he will be on the ground like last season. thanks ted. in whom idont trust

  19. By Mike on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I just hope Datone Jones stops talking in the 3rd person.

  20. By Scott 1956 on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Because we play a 3/4, Sean. That is very small for a DE in that Defense!

  21. By BMas on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Nice pick! I think this is a gut who can start this year. Hoping for a Safety and Running back tomorrow. Also like the OT from Arkansas Pine-Bluff (fast 40 in OL history I believe).

  22. By Doug Martin on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Draft some more running backs in the late rounds or sign more off the street. It’s really working out for us Uncle Ted.

  23. By Seth on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    What’s done is done! Please tomorrow RB (Lacy or Ball) and offensive linemen.

  24. By Doug Martin on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Can the guy who ran fire Ted Thompson.com please open it back up? Thanks.

  25. By CWright on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    This guy is an excellent pick! He is not undersized; this is just what the 34 scheme needs. Montee Ball? Cyprien?

  26. By Leonardo on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    @Sean- 280 is about 20 lbs light for a 3-4 lineman. That’s not to say he can’t grow into the position. I don’t understand some of the doom and gloom people. This was a great pick for a position of need.

  27. By Brett on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Hope he works out better than Green Bay’s last two first round picks #NFLbusts

  28. By mluedtke18 on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Take Montee ball if available. We need to finally draft someone from wisconsin.

  29. By Aidan on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I would’ve loved to see Marcus hunt but I’m growing on Datone Jones.
    If Nick Perry stays healthy and we have Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Datone Jones we will have Amazing defense because we already have a awesome young Defensive backfield
    In Ted we trust

  30. By The real thing on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Good move, TT. 1st round is too soon to take a RB, even if it’s Lacy or Ball. Go Pack!

  31. By Bob on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Absolute joke, another wasted first round pick on another injured defensive lineman. Justin Harrel round 2. Just one jackhole (Ted) trying to prop up another jackhole (Dom). Ridiculously stupid incompetent move. This proves he does not care about Aaron’s health or safety or winning and is trying to save face. His and Dom’s. You both have to go. For the sake of our team and it’s quarterback you both have to go.

  32. By Sean on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    i honestly dont follow that logic, it was my understanding that in 3-4 defenses you needed players to be versatile and he makes a perfect candidate to play opposite of clay/ next to clay. two lean means comin off the end doesnt seem all that bad to me. but then again i have 3 or 4 ppl here tellin me he’s small so ill take your guys’ word for it, but leonardo is right, he can just eat and work out. 20 lbs isnt too hard to gain for athletes of this caliber and with all the state of the art equipment and trainers they have it shouldnt be a problem. not to mention the bank to afford the supplements and food lol

  33. By KJ on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Face it. We have a Super Bowl winning GM who has a ton more to lose on a bad pick than we do. That being said, Ted dominates as the draft continues. Wait and watch. The system works as the draft progresses. You can post what you want about how good or bad a pick is, in reality you or I don’t know jack.

  34. By Jon on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t get it. Why are we not concerned with protecting the highest paid player in NFl history? How many times is Rodgers gonna get sacked this year?! OL and RB should have been our priority picks.

  35. By John U on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Hopefully they get a running back Lacy,Bernard,and Franklin are all solid running backs. Bob how does it mean they do not care about Rodgers health? They picked O line men 2 years in a row. 2/2 of those people were hurt all of last season but now they will be back and our O line will be strong again. GO PACK GO!

  36. By John U on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    One more thing how are you going to say we need O line and RB first when our real problem is our defense. We have trouble stopping the run and got killed by the 9ers. You are not going to win a game if you give up 45 points.

  37. By Randall L. Pouwels on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I’m doubly happy with this choice. He’s a great pick to fill our greatest need, and he’s from my old university. GO PACK! GO BRUINS!

  38. By Bill on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Montee Ball will be another missed superstar.
    Another UW pick that will be ignored until later rounds just like Russel Wilson

  39. By bruce on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    lets send ted to minasota

  40. By Eric on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with all of the comments about another undersized DE for the 3-4. Did we not learn anything from getting manhandled by San Fran’s offensive line?

  41. By kjknudtson on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Lol. What offensive lineman would you have chosen with the first round pick, “Jon”? The rest of them would’ve been HORRIBLE picks in the first round. People are LAUGHING at the Cowboys for taking Travis Frederick. They would have done the SAME THING to the Packers if they took ANY offensive lineman left.

  42. By Aidan on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Ted Thomson’s rule is to get the best player on the board and there were no more OL and the best RB is 2ND round at best

  43. By Packers4life on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    If I were TT i would seriously consider moving up and grab CYPRIEN big time Safety .

  44. By Edmond on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Running backs being drafted early is a joke! Avg. nfl lifespan of a running back in the NFL is 3 years. Why would you waste a first round pick on that? The best running back to come out of the draft last year was Alfred Morris to the Redskins at round 6! Stepfan Taylor could be the best nfl suited running back, who knows?! in TT we trust!

    We HAD to take care of the D-line once and for all. Jones has crazy energy and burst.

  45. By Jmondt on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    How is this kid undersized??? Do you people watch football?? He is a perfect DE in a 3/4 for what the game is becoming, with all the running qb’s! Very athletic kid! Great pick

  46. By Asteron on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    What were you guys expecting? All of the good OT were taken and Ball isn’t worth a 1st round pick. We need DL help and he can definitely bulk up. What will he look like in a year or two?

  47. By Eric T. on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    its Datone can easily gain 20 lbs

  48. By Robert Frost on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Right on Bob, John. Thompson doesn’t seem to care about protecting Rodgers or making a 2 dimensional team on any level. Why Capers is still here is beyond me.

  49. By Eric T. on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    (its ok*) sorry

  50. By Edmond on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Here is who we just drafted: Animated, strong personality, quick handed, incredible burst, disruptive, POTENTIAL, NOT UNDERSIZED, room to grow, best pad level of all the first rounders, WANTS TO BE THE BEST PERIOD, loves cracking jokes. May I remind people about the last Californian defensive prospect we drafted?

    Excellent pick

  51. By Ihappydirt on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Datone Jones was a steal. Great pick Ted. To Jon, Bob, Scott and Doug, Ted has been rated as the #1 drafter by at least two analytical sites over the last eight years, but I guess you know better.

  52. By Craig on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Thompson is an idiot, he just proved that again. Wasted pick. He and Dom should both be fired.

  53. By Jmondt on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Because Aaron getting sacked is what lost us games this year?? You kidding me?? You can never have too many DL. If your whining about the DL picks what bout the OL picks they were all hurt this year too guys! Im sure they want to see what Sherrod can do and we know Bulaga can play the right side, but more depth there will not hurt. I could also care less if they draft a rb or not, not one in this draft that will impact our offence

  54. By Edmond on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Our D went from 32nd to 13th last year… Think we need to fire Capers… Some people really don’t look at the FACTS! Imagine our D can now get the ball back to our offense two more times each game…

    Josh Sitton – third round pick. TT will find another OL in the 3rd or 4th. I really see the packers taking either Montee Ball – great pitch out option or dump off option for Rodgers when things break down. Or I see them getting Stepfan Taylor.

  55. By Jon on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    All of the statements that Ted ‘doesn’t care’ are hilarious and easily dismissed. If that’s your argument then your opinions mean nothing, because you aren’t bothering to think before you spout them.

  56. By Edmond on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    TT drafted some of the BEST players period in the last 8 years… Nelson? Jennings? Collins? Rodgers? Matthews? COBB? Anyone? Sure we have some busts, but even Mike Neal is coming on finally as a good rotation players. Pressure the QB, stop the run and you get the ball to our offense a few more times per game.

  57. By ostby1 on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Really like the choice of datone jones!

    Really need a running back and some offensive line. We can not have another season without!,

  58. By Greg on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Happydirt you’re an idiot. What does an analytical site know about anything? A GM with the best quarterback in the league, who does nothing to protect him, who has never had a successful running game, and continues to ignores these dire needs year after year is and idiot for all to see despite what morons such as yourself and some internet site think. Keeping Capers around is doubly stupid. He really should go to Minnesota.

  59. By kody on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    it sounds like a lot of people dont know the difference between a DT and DE. Capers will use him everywhere on that d-line middle, outside, heck even behind it. why would you what a slow 310 lbs. DE with a Dom Capers scheme.

  60. By Joe on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Fantastic pick!!! Now finally Matthews can really cut loose. Now the Pack will finally have a defense, taking a ton of pressure of Rodgers.

    The Packers will lead the league in sacks and turnovers next year.

  61. By Jmondt on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Greg the man drafted a left tackle 2 of the last 3 years in the first round

  62. By ostby1 on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Oh yes and if only we could trade Capers for a decent back that would make 2011 just seem like a lost cause!

  63. By John on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Dom Capers SUCKS!! They need to fire him

  64. By Kyle on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply


    Who would YOU have chosen for an offensive lineman with the 26th pick?

  65. By Jmondt on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    And we did win a Super Bowl 2 years ago?? We don’t have to many glaring needs

  66. By Edmond on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    yah, keep wasting early draft picks on a position that busts 80% of the time and the avg. nfl career lasts all but 3 years… Like I said earlier, the best running back last year was Alfred Morris drafted by the Redskins in the 6th round. Some of the best offensive lineman we’ve had over the last 20 years even during the favre era we drafted in the 2nd round and lower. Anyone remember a guy named Scott Wells? TT knows how to find quality OL. Believe it or not, I see us even going for another WR in the 4th or 5th or a big physical TE that can catch and BLOCK! Have to keep giving A-rod more weapons to play with.

  67. By John on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    We need a running game.

  68. By Joe on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Packers have not been a real SUper Bowl contender since they lost Cullen Jenkins. Now they have him back.

  69. By Jmondt on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Edmond the average for every nfl player is 3 yrs

  70. By Jmondt on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Why do we need a running game?? Someone please tell me that?? Because you always see the best running backs in super bowl….not

  71. By Kevin on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Wow! There sure are a lot of self-proclaimed experts on this board. It’s also pretty easy to spot the “trolls” who are posting pure nonsense about TT just trying to get a rise out of the true fans.

  72. By Darren on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Margus Hunt > Datone Jones

    Margus barely knows how to put his pads on and he’s just as good as Datone… Margus is NOT undersized @ 6’8″ 282 with DEFINITE room to put on weight… Not to mention stronger, faster, but on the downside older…

  73. By Joe on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Matthews-Raji-Pickett-Jones-Perry. Devastating.

  74. By Packer Cracker on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    All you worried about the OLine….do you not remember Sherrod and Bulaga? Have you thought of Barrett Jones, probably the most versatile lineman below the 1st round grade and that he is still available? can play guard and centre? Look at all the versatility left in the draft before you start cursing Jones. He is an excellent pick, beat Fisher all the time at the senior bowl straight up….look at the value with him about 15 lbs heavier with muscle etc. GO PACK!

  75. By Jonathan on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    You haters are killing me! average weight of DE in the NFL is 260-300 and 6’4. He’s 280 and 6’31/2 and every professional that has spoken about Datone Jones has said he’s still growing into his body, meaning he’s still getting larger! TT has done pretty well so far. If Perry comes back healthy as he supposedly is now, Perry, Matthews, and Jones, makes for quite the D! I for one am thrilled with the Pick!

    Go Pack Go!!

  76. By Joe on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Margus Hunt is a project. Datone Jones instandtly gives the Packers a top-five defense.

  77. By Darren on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I’m not saying Datone is going to be a bust but he just seems like a Mike Neal clone except smaller…

  78. By MancaveVic on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Cullan Jenkins was about 280-285…I like the pick!!! I bet Clay Matthews will too! Hope to get a O-lineman like Barrett Jones and RB like Montae Ball in round 2.

  79. By Edmond on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Half of DJ’s college highlights show him winning almost EVERY 1on1 battle or getting double teamed. He was the ONLY DL that consistently beat Eric Fisher 1on1 and Fisher was drafted #1. In my opinion, it would not surprise me if next to Ansah, DJ will be the best Dlineman taken in 2013.

  80. By Scott 1956 on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Jenkins was 305.

  81. By mark on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Packers, Broncos and Ravens grab the sleepers as they fall. Glad we were pick. Datone has energy. Our coaches will refine his technique.

  82. By Darren on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    Lets say I’m optimistically skeptical… ;)

  83. By Edmond on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve been looking at Clay Matthews twitter all night waiting for his response. Even A-rod likes this pick. Anything that gets opposing offenses worried about the other side of our D. Perry + Jones. Remember, Picket gets to stay fresh a lot more now as well. As long as our scheme can now fit the players, I agree we can see a top 5 D next year. McMillan, Hayward, House? I would load up on offense the rest of this draft, including grabbing a HUGE TE to help block and make us unstoppable in the Red Zone…

  84. By Ihappydirt on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    There was a big run on OL early and CBs late so GB had their pick of Jones, Hankins and Williams, and picked Jones. That’s who they liked best. The draft fell to GB and Ted made his pick. I’m happy to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  85. By Alex on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    It’s weird that none of you nay-sayers have gotten jobs as NFL scouts

  86. By Jeremy on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Packers have always based the draft on team need. The Pack has always survived on offensive aerial game for years with Rodgers and Favre, I would have liked to see Lacy but DE is a way bigger need then RB. Maybe Lacy is still there or they trade up or if not they get Ball. We didn’t lose to the 49ers and Giants the last two years because of our inability at running back.

  87. By Patrick Dugan on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I’m not an expert, but I do know this…the Pack spent 6 Def. picks last year and didn’t get better. Yes, some got hurt, but it was the Pack’s inability to win games with their defense. Rodgers is great, but how much better would he be if he wasn’t getting sacked? RB or o-line would have been a better pick. We were great 3 years ago…we are only wasting his (Rodgers) time if we stay with this course. RB RB RB RB!

  88. By Jeremy on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Greg, were you complaining the day after Capers had just won the Super Bowl. Even us Packers fans know they aren’t going to win it every year, we want the best for the Pack because we are the greatest fans in the world but saying Capers sucks two years removed from a Super Bowl victory is pretty sketchy. Optimism is the way of the Pack.

  89. By Matt on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Lots of folks saying he is undersized, here is a comparison to a few of the best DE’s in the NFL today.

    Datone Jones – 6’4, 280 (pre-NFL work outs)

    Jason Pierre-Paul – 6’5 – 278
    Jared Allen – 6’6 – 270
    Trent Cole – 6’3 – 270
    Justin Tuck – 6’5 – 268
    Julius Peppers – 6’7 – 287
    Osi Umenyiora – 6’3 – 255
    Cameron Wake – 6’3 – 258

    Need I continue? He looks to be right about where all the best DE’s are, and after watching some of his highlights, I can honestly say I think it was a brilliant pick, especially with the first two games of the season being against running QB’s from playoff teams, both of which we could see in the playoffs this season. Watch his highlights against Nebraska, and imagine a healthy D with this guy to go with it, it’s gonna get nasty! Listen to his interviews, this kid wants to win, wants to be the best player on the team. He is gonna be fighting Mathews for that honor (on D of course) and they will be competing with each other for the spotlight (cause you know Clay loves that camera time!). Great work staff! Go Pack Go!! Go 95 and welcome!

  90. By Scott 1956 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Matt, Almost all the names you put on that list are 4/3 DE’s. Wake is a 3/4 LB. There is a huge difference. You can have 260 – 290 lb De’s in a 4/3. But it’s way to light for a 3/4 DE.

  91. By Kyle on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    @Patrick Dugan

    “the Pack spent 6 Def. picks last year and didn’t get better.”

    They were ranked 32nd overall two seasons ago. They were ranked 11th at the end of last season.

    That is called getting better.

  92. By Raspy on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    The same dopey naysayers that patrol this site would probably liked to have signed Urlacher at this stage. Speed, not size dominates in the NFL today kiddos in this non-running back centered league. Welcome Mr. Jones. Go Pack!

  93. By James on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Why didn’t the Pack pick Leon Sandcastle??? Seriously though, IMO I like the pick, and think that if they can get a better safety (trade up if you have to), and Lattimore out of SC I think that would be Awesome… Mark my words, once knee is healed from the ACL he will be a beast… Later rounds get OT and WR projects

  94. By Glenn on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    First Round Defensive Ends

    #3 Dion Jordan 6’6″ 248 lbs
    #5 Ziggy Ansah 6’5″ 271 lbs
    #6 Barkevious Mingo 6’4″ 241 lbs
    #24 Bjoern Werner 6’3″ 266 lbs
    #26 Datone Jones 6’4″ 283 lbs

  95. By JJ on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Nothing against Datone Jones, but this pick was a Big Disappointment. EDDIE LACY was just sitting there waiting to be taken. RB is our #1 need. We drafted a good DE last year. I’m a huge Packers fan, but also a UCLA season ticket holder, and Jones was definitely not UCLA’s best defensive player last season. (And we’re talking UCLA here; not Alabama.)

  96. By buzz61 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    We need a top notch back and o lineman help Aaron PLEASE!

  97. By JJ on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Green Bay drafts well, and most of the draft is still left. But unless we trade up, we won’t get a decent RB in Round 2 (#55 pick).
    I think Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins was a better college player than Datone Jones. (Hankins is still available)

    I don’t know where we’ll find a RB, but GB has had good luck in getting O-Linemen in the later rounds.

    Go Pack!

  98. By james grant on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    He is going to be a awesome addition to the packers. I can’t wait to see this guy play. He is very quick and can get to open up some sacks for Clay Matthews. I was impressed how fast he gets to the QB.

  99. By Ben on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I do not understand why some people are asking for Ted Thompson and Dom Capers to be fired. Over the last for season we have had double digit wins in every season, four playoff appearances, and a super bowl championship. Also, over those four years the Packers have been plagued with injuries every year, just proving that the depth of the Packers team is pretty amazing. In my opinion Thompson and Capers have been doing just fine.

    About drafting Jones, I think it was a great pick. I can see why some people wanted Lacy, but we do still have Benson coming back this year who rushed for 1000+ yards in his previous three seasons with the Bengals prior to coming to Green Bay. Benson was brought in late last year, barely had time to learn plays, and then had an untimely injury. I think Benson can be our feature back if given the opportunity. With that said, I do think we should pick up another RB such as Lattimore or Ball to add more talent at the position.

    Offense of line does not seem like a position where we need to be spending our high picks on in my opinion. We had injuries all over the line last year, causing many of our linemen to play out of position. Now that those players are coming back this season healthy, we do not need to spend our early picks on backup linemen.

    One position that needs to be addressed is safety. I don’t have anyone in particular in mind, but we struggled last year at this position.

    I think if we can pick up a good safety, a descent running back, some defensive linemen and some depth at offense of line, this will be a successful draft.

    With all that said, I am no expert and could be completely wrong about all of this. But since everyone else was sharing, I figured I would too.

  100. By Glenn on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Rogers might have to help protect himself at least one third of the sacks were caused by him holding onto for too long

  101. By jason on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    TO Glen finealy someone who speakes the truth about Rogers being sacked so much. Doesn’t anyone remeber the last years of the Bretts years. I’d rather a sack then forcing the ball and having it picked off. If Favre wouldn’t have throwned the ball so hard every time he threw it he’d have an even higher # of picks. (aka the record). I wish Arod would just throw the ball away and not have to eat so much dirt. But thats what makes him a great player tring to keep the play alive but not forcing the ball. With that said. Imo the pack lost to the 49ers cause they had a good running game plus a running qb. Because of the d line not being able to stop the run inside with the line alone. Could that be why they went to bowl in the first place, not to mention almost winning at the end. To finish Great pick! GO PACK! GO!

  102. By Kevan on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Its a need, go get best O L ine, and RB

  103. By packerLou on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Good pick, but please address the needs tonight! OL, RB, S.

  104. By johnny on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Great pick, but Datone might have been available in the second round…Eddie Lacy should have been the pick in the first round, in my opinion.

  105. By Bradley Brennenstuhl on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Worked out well for cullen jenkins

  106. By Bruce on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Love the pick. Also we don’t need a RB, we need a better OL, which hopefully will be addressed tonight.

  107. By MerlinPendragon on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Great pick! Defenses win those superbowls. I would even go for a linebacker yet before O-line picks.
    In Ted I Trust

  108. By TedA on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    What a great pick! This guy can play anywhere on a D line. Now we just need a DB that is big, and can play FS or SS

  109. By Pat Schuette on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Datone Jones is an excellent pick for the Packers. He consistently beat Eric Fisher one on one at the Senior Bowl.. He got around Fisher play after play. Fisher looked like a matador trying to block this guy. After watching Kapernick run around our DE and linebackers during the SF/GB playoff game, it should be obvious to every one with even a portion of football knowledge, that our greatest need is on defense. I believe that Datone Jones will be one piece to solve our defensive struggles. We still need another outside linebacker. Then in the later rounds, look for a servicable running back and some additional offensive linemen.

  110. By mark on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Sick of ESPN talking about.the Jets. Who really gives a s*** about the Jets
    The Packers get the best of the lot with Jones T.he reason.other teams pick in.front of us are because they can’t judge talent.

  111. By james roberts on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    datone jones according to lot of coaches and
    scouts jones is one of best college DL this yr.
    and seeing him in tapes he looks great instincts
    speed strength and loves playing. i feel we have
    a really good pick. hope our other picks turn
    out the same.

  112. By JJ on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Last year we picked a USC DE who was much higher rated than Datone Jones, and that was 2 spots further back, Remember Datone Jones was not UCLA’s Defensive MVP. He was their “Most Improved” player. 2nd Team All Pac-12. Most of his highlights are when he is UNblocked, which is just a Zone-Read mistake by the offenses.

    But hopefully he’ll work out. We need Worthy Nick Perry to get healthy.

    And I agree with what someone wrote about ESPN giving us non-stop NY JETS coverage. WHO CARES! ESPN & NFL are all about NYC. It’s tiresome!
    But maybe GB can stay under the radar this way.

    Go PACK!

  113. By James on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    People questioning the pick of Datone Setter because he’s undersized don’t know what they are talking about. He’s 6’4″. That’s the only size that matters right now for DE in a 3-4. He’s a cut 286 lbs right now but can easily add 20 lbs if the Pack wants. They guys last year were undersized because they were short not light. Daniels is only 6’0 and Worthy 6’2. Too short for full time DE in 3-4. Jones is going to be awesome. Still like to see a NT in the 2nd round though. We could be left barren there next year if Raji and Pickett leave.

  114. By Beat Ur Man on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Hope they draft someone to convert 3rd and 1 and keep the defense off the field. Please, no more Kuhn getting snuffed on third down!

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  116. By bdwnayrb on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    we need a good running game to stop defenses from pinning there ears back and comin at us everytime! another good line man wouldnt hurt but lacy will definetly help keep arod off his back!!!!

  117. By bdwnayrb on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    im a huge!!! ohio state buckeyes fan but im sick and tired of a.j. hawk not raping up and bein so slow i dont think he could catch ablert hansworth!!! we need a fast athletic mlb in one of these later round!!!!!!!

  118. By JJ on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I was wrong. I apologize to the GB front office, they still went out and got Eddie Lacy. KUDOS! Great job. Jonathan Franklin from UCLA is quite good too. (I saw him play a lot.) Going IVY League in the 4th Round is a surprise, but I guess I’ve got to trust the front office.
    GO PACK!

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