April 25, 2013
Defensive end Datone Jones (Compton, CA HS) was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 26th pick of the first round in the 2013 NFL Player Draft on Thursday.
Jones was a starter in all 14 games during the 2012 season and ranked fifth on the team in tackles, first among the defensive linemen, with 62 stops. He was second on the squad with 19.0 tackles for loss (tied for seventh on the all-time school single-season list and 20th in the nation in tackles for loss average per game in 2012 - 1.36/g) and third with 6.5 sacks. His career total of 36.5 tackles for loss rates 11th on that all-time school list. He blocked two kicks on the season, recorded a safety in the Nebraska game and also caught a touchdown pass (Houston) while playing offense in a short yardage situation.
Jones was named second-team All-Pac-12 by the league coaches and went on to play in the Senior Bowl collegiate all-star game. He appeared in 53 games during his Bruin career and made 43 starts. Jones posted career-highs of nine tackles in a 2012 game at Arizona State; 3.0 tackles for loss in contests vs. Nebraska and Houston in 2012; and 2.0 sacks in games at Rice in 2012 and vs. Cal in 2011.
Jones is the first Bruin player to be chosen in round one of the NFL Draft since tight end Marcedes Lewis was picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 28th pick of the 2006 draft. The last UCLA defender selected in the first round was linebacker Robert Thomas (2002 draft, No. 31, St. Louis Rams).
TACKLE STATISTICS - D. JONES
UCLA Career Tackles for Loss
1. Carnell Lake, 1985-88 - 45.5
6. Robert Thomas, 1998-01 - 41.0
7. Terry Tumey, 1984-87 - 39.0
8t. Donnie Edwards, 1992-95 - 38.0
8t. Irv Eatman, 1979-82 - 38.0
10. Jim Wahler, 1985-88 - 37.0
11. Datone Jones, 2008-12 - 36.5
UCLA Single-Season Tackles for Loss
1. Robert Thomas, 2001 - 26.0
2. Brian Price, 2009 - 23.5
3. Marvcus Patton, 1989 - 22.0
4. Anthony Barr, 2012 - 21.5
5. Donnie Edwards, 1994 - 21.0
6. Dave Ball, 2003 - 20.5
7t. Datone Jones, 2012 - 19.0
7t. Justin Hickman, 2006 - 19.0
7t. Carnell Lake, 1987 - 19.0
10t. Jamir Miller, 1993 - 18.0
10t. Irv Eatman, 1980 - 18.0