2013 NFL mock draft: Datone Jones to Indianapolis Colts

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

What helps Andrew Luck more: additional weapons or an improved defense?

The Indianapolis Colts made a quick turnaround from 2011 to 2012 thanks mostly to the presence of rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. When push came to shove, however, the Colts were not talented enough defensively to truly contend in the AFC. After a 2012 draft spent largely on providing Luck with help on offense, will the Colts shift their focus to the defensive side of the ball?

Team Player Position Height Weight Class
24. Indianapolis Colts Datone Jones, UCLA DE 6'4" 283 SR

Brad Wells: "I’ve done mock drafts like these for SB Nation for eight years, and this year was the hardest. At pick No. 24, there were literally four players left on the board that I REALLY wanted to take. They included NT Jesse Williams, OLB Damontre Moore and WR DeAndre Hopkins. However, based on most big boards I’ve seen, Datone Jones is the better player left available, and, at this pick, that’s the player the Colts will want. It also happens that Jones fills a big need: interior pass rusher.

"Yes, the team signed versatile DE-NT Ricky Jean-Francois to a contract that left many scratching their heads, but that doesn’t mean the weaknesses along the defensive line were adequately addressed. As Stampede Blue’s Matt Grecco noted in his scouting report on Jones, 'this guy was made to play the DE in a 3-4 scheme, with both his size and abilities, and by sheer coincidence the Colts are pretty thin at the position, with many people thinking this is where they'll go in Round 1.'

"It kills me that I can’t take a truly impressive receiver like Hopkins, giving Andrew Luck another weapon to wreck havoc with on opposing defenses. However, last year the Colts dedicated eight of their ten picks to players on offense. The results were that their defense in 2012 was just about bad as the unit that ultimately led to their 2-14 season in 2011. The Colts need blue chip players on defense if they mean to contend, and it just so happens that the best player at No. 24 is, indeed, a defensive player that fits a BIG need."

Here's our own Dan Kadar to break down the pick:

Of the three defensive players mentioned, they all make a degree of sense. Much more so than a wide receiver. The Colts should be set there. For 3-4 teams looking for a J.J. Watt-style player (and who isn’t?), Jones fits the bill. He’s not as lanky as Watt, but he can generate a pass rush from the five-technique spot. At UCLA, Jones was used at end and tackle, so he’s strong enough to take on blockers solo at the point of attack. He showed good enough burst and quickness to beat them off the block as well.

That's a wrap for today; we'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning, with the Minnesota Vikings and Daily Norseman back on the clock.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
19 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame 6'6" 250
20 D.J. Fluker * OT Alabama 6'5" 339
21 DeAndre Hopkins * WR Clemson 6'1" 214
22 Damontre Moore OLB Texas A&M 6'5" 250
23 Cornelius Carradine DE Florida State 6'4" 276

2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

No. Team Player Pos. College
1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Geno Smith QB West Virginia
3 Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4 Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
6 Cleveland Browns Dion Jordan OLB Oregon
7 Arizona Cardinals Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
8 Buffalo Bills Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
9 New York Jets Chance Warmack OG Alabama
10 Tennessee Titans Dee Milliner CB Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Star Lotulelei DT Utah
12 Miami Dolphins Desmond Trufant CB Washington
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
14 Carolina Panthers Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
15 New Orleans Saints Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
16 St. Louis Rams Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
18 Dallas Cowboys Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
19 New York Giants Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
20 Chicago Bears Arthur Brown LB Kansas State
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
22 St. Louis Rams Jonathan Cyprien S Florida International
23 Minnesota Vikings Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
24 Indianapolis Colts Datone Jones DE UCLA
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