Originally posted by SFL49ER:
Originally posted by ElephantHaley:
Im seeing Datone Jones on film and he hasn't impressed me at all. I hope we pass early on him.
I agree. I thought I was the only one, so I just and said to myself, "maybe I dont know what the %$@# Im talking about."
Im on the trade out and trade down bandwagon because of the lack of stud DL in our 30 range. (Dont want Short, dont want J. Williams, dont want S. Williams, dont want B. Williams. Would like Geathers in the fifth!
Well, in your defense, most people don't know much about 3-4 DE. I just went back and watched some videos of him (against Stanford and USC). What stood out to me was this, he isn't flashy. He's not usually the guy making the play. But he is very disruptive. He's getting in the backfield, he's taking all the double teams. He plays the run very well. He collapses the pocket. He does everything you want a 3-4 DE to do.
I'm not a huge fan of how he was often used at UCLA. You frequently see him lined up at NT as the only down lineman in passing situations. I think that's why you don't see more sacks from him. He was UCLA's most powerful DL, so they put him in the middle to flush the QB out to the linebackers. We don't use our DE's this way.
He's also a guy with great upside. He has some things he needs to work on (for example, he sometimes gets up-field too much when he should be playing the run... allowing RBs to skoot right past him). He could also work on his outside pass rushing technique. That isn't the primary responsibility of a 3-4 DE, but on occasion, he needs to be able to turn the corner quicker and get around blockers better (he tends to try and bull-rush through everybody).