GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers have selected UCLA defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th pick in the first round of the NFL draft.
The Packers addressed one of their positions in greatest need of an upgrade on Thursday night by taking Jones. The 6-foot-4, 283-pound Jones had 19 tackles for loss and 6 1/2 sacks for UCLA in a breakout season in 2012 as a fifth-year senior.
Jones has a combination of quickness and strength that should give Green Bay a valuable run-stopper up front, an area of weakness that was exposed down the stretch last season.
The Packers entered this draft, the ninth under general manager Ted Thompson, with eight picks. They have the 55th and 88th overall selections in the second and third rounds on Friday night.