DL Jones’ draft stock up at Senior Bowl practices

Defensive end Datone Jones is trying to become UCLA’s highest NFL draft pick since 2006. An All-Pac-12 second-team selection, the 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect impressed onlookers when Senior Bowl practices began Monday.

From NFLDraftScout.com’s Dane Brugler:

After impressing scouts with his striking physique during weigh-ins, UCLA’s Datone Jones carried that momentum over to the practice field. He showed excellent short-area burst off the edge, winning with strength and quickness at the point of attack. Jones lined up all over the defensive line in college and it’s tough to classify him at one position, but his scheme versatility will make him an attractive prospect for hybrid defenses like in New England. Considered a second rounder entering the week, he made a strong case on Monday as to why he should be considered a top-32 selection.

The last time Bruin to go in the first round was tight end Marcedes Lewis, who went 28th overall seven years ago. Jones has climbed to No. 29 on CBS Sports’ latest prospect rankings.

Tailback Johnathan Franklin — who measured in well at 201 pounds — and punter Jeff Locke are the other Bruins in Mobile, Ala., this week. The Senior Bowl will be broadcast on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT on the NFL Network.

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  • BRU-CREW_UCLA

    DaTone Jones and Johnathan Franklin were 2 of the most approachable, engaging and respectful BRUINS that I’ve had the privilege of meeting. I’ve been a UCLA fan since the 80′s, start meeting players and going to games in the early 90′s.
    DaTone ,Johnathan and Jeff should have good NFL careers.

    May GOD Bless all of our departing BRUINS. GO BRUINS!!!!!!!!