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Packers Sign First-Round Pick Datone Jones

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Packers Sign First-Round Pick Datone Jones

UCLA defensive lineman Datone Jones. Photo by Brian Carriveau of CheeseheadTV.com.

The Green Bay Packers will have all 11 draft picks, including first-rounder Datone Jones, in training camp on time.

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Jones agreed to his rookie deal on Wednesday, just a day before players must officially report to St. Norbert's in Green Bay.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Jones' deal is for four years and $7.71 million, with $6.25 million guaranteed.

Whitney Mercilus, last year's No. 26 overall pick, signed a four-year deal worth $7.63 million and $6.55 million guaranteed in June of 2012.

Starved for help on the defensive line, the Packers made the athletic UCLA defensive end their top overall pick in April's draft. Experienced in the 3-4 defense and possessing ideal size for the five-technique, Jones will be expected to contribute to the Packers defense right away.

Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at zachkruse2@gmail.com.

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FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Yeah, buddy!

trvs's picture

This dude is the future. I am feeling a Clay Matthews type presence on the D.

KurtMc's picture

Welcome Datone to the best NFL team ever - now go get em.

Drealyn Williams's picture

How do you all feel about the 3-3-5 formation? Now that Brad Jones is the starter we have the flexibility. OLB's=Clay and Brad with Francois or Manning at the MLB.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

If Brad is at OLB instead of Perry in any package, I doubt it's because anything good happened.

Drealyn Williams's picture

A bit of a difference in pass-rush replaced by better pass-coverage. I'll take that. Showing something new couldn't hurt.

Drealyn Williams's picture

*Continuing* the 3 linemen would/could be Jones,Raji,Neal.

I bleed Green More's picture

What you all said, man is it football yet.

Tony's picture

In 15 days, we will have a Packers game to watch.

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