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With Jason Jones and Alan Branch both scheduled for free agency, defensive tackle has to be viewed as a position of need for Seattle. Jones and Branch are both assets to the defensive line rotation, yet they may both end up being out of the Seahawks' price range when March 12 rolls around.
Good thing this year's crop of defensive line talent is good enough to ease any potential impact felt by key linemen leaving. And at No. 25, one of the draft's biggest risers could fall right into the laps of Schneider and Carroll.
Datone Jones, from UCLA, has scheme versatility as an interior pass-rusher in the 4-3, and a defensive end in the 3-4. Meaning the Seahawks hybrid scheme would allocate plenty of playing time Jones' way. At the University of California Los Angeles, he appeared in 51 games, tallied 13.5 sacks, 36.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.
Not bad for a player who is viewed as a "tweener." His explosive burst off the snap and strong upper body helps him penetrate gaps with ease. Rob Rang of CBS Sports compares him to Robert Ayers of the Denver Broncos.
However, I feel like he doesn't translate to an every down 4-3 defensive end in the NFL. I see him as a situation pass-rushing defensive tackle that exploits interior offensive linemen in rush situations.
Moreover, let's not forget the fact that Coach Carroll likes players that reside from the Pac-12.