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.
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.