Scouting Report: UCLA's Datone Jones

Datone Jones
DE, UCLA (Junior)
6-5, 275 lbs.

Strengths:
Prototype size. Has the frame to add weight, strength. Strong hands to separate from blockers. Can collapse the pocket with a powerful bull rush. Good read and react ability vs. the run. Has the strength to stack plays at the point of attack. Good quickness and agility for a big man. Solid effort for four quarters.

Weaknesses:
Needs to be more consistent as a playmaker. Has to improve pass rush moves. More of a power type than finesse. Needs to be more effective fighting the down block in the run game. Has to protect his legs better in traffic. Plays high at times.

Summary:
Lines up as a base DE in a 4-3 defensive front. This is a big man with outstanding size and functional strength. He is a little raw in all phases but is a physical player on the line of scrimmage and he plays with very good effort. Can make plays in the run game due to natural power and strength. He will need to improve his pass rush technique on the edge. Mainly just a one move type right now as he is still learning. Very good upside due to his frame and innate toughness. He comes to play and had one of his better games last week vs. Cal with 6 tackles and 2 sacks. He is only a junior and seems to be improving each week. This kid is a very good player with a bright future in front of him.

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Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).

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