Cowboys’ Potential Draft Pick: Datone Jones, DT/DE, UCLA
My latest scouting report is on the versatile Datone Jones of UCLA.
Jones is a hybrid defensive lineman capable of playing in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. In a 3-4, he’d be a slightly-undersized five-technique, whereas he could potentially play any position along the line in a 4-3. Some people seem unsure of whether or not Jones is big enough to hold up inside or quick enough to rush off the edge. I think the latter question is a real concern, but Jones has what it takes to play as a three-technique defensive tackle.
At 6’4’’, 280 pounds, Jones is considered a “tweener” who doesn’t necessarily have the build of a “prototypical” defensive end or defensive tackle, and naïve teams will hold that against him. The truth is that Jones is very strong—plenty strong enough to play in the interior—so his weight shouldn’t be a major concern. Plus, he’s relatively lean, easily capable of adding 10 pounds if needed.
See the entire report on Jones at NBC.