Packers take UCLA defensive end in first round of NFL draft
The Green Bay Packers selected UCLA defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th pick of Thursday night's NFL draft.
The 6-4, 280-pound Jones tallied 6.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss last season. Jones is expected to be a big part of the Packers youth movement on the defensive line, and is considered to be versatile enough to line up at multiple positions.
The draft continues at 6:30 p.m. Friday with rounds 2 and 3. Rounds 4 through 7 will be held on Saturday.
The San Diego Chargers have put in a waiver claim on former Packers linebacker D.J. Smith, who was cut loose by Green Bay on Wednesday. Smith is recovering from a torn ACL suffered against the Houston Texans last October.
Badger center goes to Cowboys
University of Wisconsin center Travis Frederick was selected by the Dallas Cowboys at No. 31 overall. Dallas acquired the pick in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the offensive line was an area of need and the addition of Frederick will help bolster their running game.
NFL Draft, Round One
1. Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Fisher (OT, Central Mich)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Luke Joeckel (OT, Texas A&M)
3. Miami Dolphins - Dion Jordan (DE, Oregon)
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Lane Johnson (OT, Oklahoma)
5. Detroit Lions - Ezekiel Ansah (DE, BYU)
6. Cleveland Browns - Barkevious Mingo (DE, LSU)
7. Arizona Cardinals - Jonathan Cooper (OG, North Carolina)
8. St. Louis Rams - Tavon Austin (WR, West Virginia)
9. New York Jets - Dee Milliner (CB, Alabama)
10. Tennessee Titans - Chance Warmack (OG, Alabama)
11. San Diego Chargers - D.J. Fluker (OT, Alabama)
12. Oakland Raiders - D.J. Hayden (CB, Houston)
13. New York Jets - Sheldon Richardson (DT, Missouri)
14. Carolina Panthers - Star Lotulelei (DT, Utah)
15. New Orleans Saints - Kenny Vaccaro (S, Texas)
16. Buffalo Bills - E.J. Manuel (QB, Florida State)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones (LB, Georgia)
18. San Francisco 49ers - Eric Reid (S, LSU)
19. New York Giants - Justin Pugh (OT, Syracuse)
20. Chicago Bears - Kyle Long (OT, Oregon)
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Tyler Eifert (TE, Notre Dame)
22. Atlanta Falcons - Desmond Trufant (CB, Washington)
23. Minnesota Vikings - Sharrif Floyd (DT, Florida)
24. Indianapolis Colts - Bjoern Werner (DE, Florida State)
25. Minnesota Vikings - Xavier Rhodes (CB, Florida State)
26. Green Bay Packers - Datone Jones (DE, UCLA)
27. Houston Texans - DeAndre Hopkins (WR, Clemson)
28. Denver Broncos - Sylvester Williams (DT, North Carolina)
29. Minnesota Vikings - Cordarrelle Patterson (WR, Tennessee)
30. St. Louis Rams - Alec Ogletree (LB, Georgia)
31. Dallas Cowboys - Travis Frederick (C, Wisconsin)
32. Baltimore Ravens - Matt Elam (S, Florida)
Bucks near elimination
The Milwaukee Bucks are on the brink of elimination. Last night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh posted a double-double and Ray Allen became the all-time postseason leader in three-pointers as Miami took a stranglehold of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with a 104-91 win.
The Heat came out of the gate slow, but won the second half by a 56-41 margin and now have put the Bucks on the brink of elimination by taking a 3-0 series lead.
James was 9 of 14 from the field and Bosh tallied 16 points with 14 rebounds. Allen was 5 for 8 from beyond the arc en route to 23 points to surpass Reggie Miller for most three-pointers made in NBA playoff history.
Dwyane Wade had a poor shooting night, going just 1 for 12 from the field, but chipped in with 11 assists, nine rebounds and five steals in the victory.
The Bucks once again got very little from their two best players, with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combining for 23 points on 7 of 24 shooting.
Larry Sanders posted 16 points and 11 rebounds as Milwaukee fell into a three-game hole, a position that no team has ever recovered from.