Packers select DE Datone Jones

UCLA pass rusher is 26th overall pick

Published On: Apr 25 2013 10:17:44 PM CDT
GREEN BAY -

The Green Bay Packers have selected UCLA defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Jones is 6-4, 283 pound and had 16 tackles for loss and 6 and a half sacks in his senior year with the Bruins.

The Green Bay Packers have selected UCLA defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th pick in the first round of the NFL draft.

The Packers addressed one of their positions in greatest need of an upgrade on Thursday night by taking Jones.

Jones has a combination of quickness and strength that should give Green Bay a valuable run-stopper up front, an area of weakness that was exposed down the stretch last season.

The Packers entered this draft, the ninth under general manager Ted Thompson, with eight picks. They have the 55th and 88th overall selections in the second and third rounds on Friday night.