The Datone Jones pick so far has gotten mixed reviews.
Granted, it still is quite early, the defensive end has been called by some as undersized and too slow, lacking a quick first step. Some have even said the position altogether could have been addressed in the later rounds and that selecting a safety probably would have been a safer option.
One thing I will say about Jones, however, is he definately has a swagger that this defensive unit sorely needs.
To say the defense was humbled by the 49ers this past January would be somewhat of an understatement. Colin Kaepernick ran wild and Dom Capers simply had no answer. Datone Jones watched that game. When asked about it last week he was quoted as saying “one good hit [on Kaepernick] and there goes their season.”
To me, this is just what the defense needs. Fresh, young talent with minimal injury history that has the potential to come in and make an immediate impact. I will try to temper expectations here because just last year fans were raving about Nick Perry in the same light until minimal production and a wrist injury ended his season early.
Don’t get me wrong he still has promise but he is still a project in the works. For a rookie to bring this type of swagger seems to be a refreshing shot of adrenaline that could spark a renewed sense of urgency that the 2010 championship team had.
Jones is inspired by the great Reggie White. He also seems to be buying into Capers defensive scheme quite nicely. He believes in the 3-4 and believes he can help. This would seem to be the perfect remedy the defense needs to cure their read-option ailment.
Barring any type of freak injury I see no reason why he can’t step in week one and contribute. Oh, and by the way, he’ll get his crack at containing Kaepernick week one in San Francisco. What better litmus test to truly see what we got at 26th overall right out of the chute.
So what say you Packers Nation? Will Jones help contain this read-option issue?