Packers Take Jones In First Round

The Green Bay Packers used their first pick in the 78th NFL Draft on defense.  The team selected UCLA defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th overall pick.  Jones (6’4, 280 pounds) recorded 62 tackles for the Bruins last season.  Nineteen of those tackles were behind the line of scrimmage and that included six and a half sacks.  Jones was an All-American third-team selection in 2012 and a first-team All-Pac 12 pick.  General Manager Ted Thompson on why Jones was the Packers guy…

The Packers have used three of their last nine draft picks on defensive lineman.  Thompson thinks that Jones makes Green Bay’s defensive line even better…

Defensive Coordintor Dom Capers is excited to be adding Jones to the Packers locker room…

The Packers will have two picks on day two of the draft.  In the second round the Packers have the 25th pick (55th overall) and in round three they own the 26th pick (88th overall).  Day two of the draft begins at 5:30 PM Friday.

Datone Jones on being drafted by the Packers: “When I finally saw the Green Bay Packers come up on my screen, oh my gosh, I almost fainted.  This is such a dream come true.  To be able to play for the Packers, play with a great supporting cast.  Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji and to have Aaron Rodgers as a quarterback.  Its so surreal.”

Datone Jones on his goals: “I want to be the greatest football player of all-time.  In order for me to achieve that goal everything has to be in line.  The character, my work ethic.  Everything I’m doing has to be right.  You have to live right off the field to perform on the field.”

WDOR’s Nick Olson and the Green Bay Press Gazette’s Wes Hodkiewicz:

NFC North Selections:
Detroit Lions – Ezekiel Ansah (DE, BYU) 5th overall
Chicago Bears – Kyle Long (OT, Oregon) 20th overall
Minnesota Vikings – Sharrif Floyd (DT, Florida) 23rd overall
Minnesota Vikings – Xavier Rhodes (CB, Florida State) 25th overall
Minnesota Vikings – Cordarrelle Patterson (WR, Tennessee) 29th overall

Wisconsin Badgers Selected:
Center Travis Frederick – Taken by Dallas Cowboys with the 31st overall pick
* Frederick was the only player from the Big 10 taken in the first round

(Front photo of Datone Jones courtesy of UCLA Athletic Department)

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