Advanced scouting: Datone Jones

April, 17, 2013
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Ameer Abdullah and Datone JonesKirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireDatone Jones has the flexibility to play all over the defensive line.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 1 defensive lineman: Datone Jones


Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 283 pounds

School: UCLA

Why he’s on the radar: He looks the part in the way a Julius Peppers looks the part. He turned it on for his senior season, especially later in the year. He finished with 6.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss and was one of the most impressive players in the Senior Bowl workouts, as well. He would fit more with the Cowboys in DeMarcus Ware's spot, but showed at UCLA he can play all over the line.

Projection: Late first round, second round

Stretch Truths: Will show an explosive initial step off the ball. … Has some pass rush moves and will punch and separate to get off blocks. … Effort guy but does not have quick turnover to pursue sideline to sideline. … Not sure where to play this kid. … A little light to play as a tackle and not fast enough to play at end.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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