The Packers had the 26th pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and went with a Bruin. Datone Jones out of UCLA will compete to complement a previous 26th round pick by the Packers, Clay Matthews III (2009). Green Bay GM Ted Thompson said, he was surprised that Jones was still available when it was the Packers turn to pick.
Datone will wear number 95 for the Green and Gold in 2013-14.
Jones is a lifetime resident of California, growing up in Compton, going to Compton High School, and finally UCLA. The 6’4″, 275lb red-shirt Senior had 43 career starts for the Bruins, which includes his last 28 straight. He is proficient at both defensive end positions, as well as logging some time at tackle. Jones is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the backfield. Something the Packers are in dire need of.
In the storied history of the Packers, they have only picked 26th four previous times.
1968 – Bill Lueck – Guard – Arizona
1978 – John Anderson – Line Backer – Michigan
1980 – George Cumby – Line Backer – Oklahoma
2009 – “The Claymaker” Clay Matthews III – Line Backer – USC