The Seattle Seahawks have few needs, but one is help in the pass rushing department. Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin are above average pass rushers, however, the skill level drops after them.
The Seahawks defensive scheme doesn’t blitz much, so they rely on the front four to put pressure on the quarterback. While rumors of the Seahawks pursuing Dwight Freeney and other veterans, the draft is where they can find a defensive end they can mold themselves.
According to Eric Williams of the News Tribune, UCLA defensive end Datone Jones has drawn a lot of attention since the Senior Bowl from Pete Carroll and the Seahawks. Jones notched career highs in tackles (57), tackles for loss (17.5) and sacks (six) to earn all-conference honors in 2012. Williams writes:
‘Jones interviewed with Seahawks brass at the Senior Bowl last month and already at the NFL Scouting Combine this week. Seattle coach Pete Carroll recruited Jones while at USC from nearby Compton, Calif.
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, has Seattle selecting Jones at No. 25 in his latest mock draft. Jones earned second-team Pacific-12 Conference honors his senior season, finishing with 62 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and six sacks.
Measuring in at 6-foot, 31/2 inches and weighing 283 pounds, Jones is a versatile performer who could back up Seattle defensive end Red Bryant and move to defensive tackle to push the pocket in passing situations.’