40-Yard Dash: 4.80 seconds
Bench Press: 29 reps
Vert Jump: 31.5 inches
Broad Jump: 112 inches
An every-down player with the ability to rush the passer is the kind of complete package you look for in a first-round, front-seven defensive pick.
Strong, disruptive, quick-twitched and versatile are the most common qualities attributed to the former UCLA Bruin. Since his collegiate career ended, Datone Jones has done everything to confirm what scouts saw from him on the field.
Datone helped himself well at the scouting combine, adding to a positive showing during Senior Bowl week just a few weeks before. As he aces the draft process, his name will continue to climb NFL draft boards.
Fans should be most excited about the former Pac-12 standout's upside and ability to make plays in the backfield. They should also like the advanced pass-rush moves he already possesses, as well as his motivation to continue expanding his repertoire.
While there's more pressing needs on the Texans' roster, an opportunity to draft a front-seven difference maker like Jones is something they should take advantage of.
Jones' upside stems from his ability to play multiple positions on the defensive line at the next level. This will give his defensive coordinator more ways to attack opposing offenses. He doesn't have ridiculous college sack production like you might expect from a first-round pick, but evaluators see this as his best days being ahead of him.
Teams like the Texans will love the speed advantage he'll pose when lined up over guards on passing downs, which is how they already use J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith. He isn't just a third-down player, however, and could fit in as a 3-4 defensive end in Houston's base 3-4.
When doing the final checklist for potential first-round picks, intangibles become a factor. NEPatriotsDraft.com noted a few on Jones:
+ High character individual, extremely hard worker who has overcome very tough surroundings
+ Well spoken and football savvy, knew about each teams needs, personnel and where he would fit
+ In conversation, Jones was able to break down each position he played and the responsibilities
+ Passionate about the game of football, willing to do what it takes to be successful
When everything is factored in, Jones seems to fit exactly what Houston looks for in early-round picks. He should be on the Texans' list of potential first rounders, and he could be the best player on the board when it's their time to pick.