As Datone Jones opened his Green Bay Packers' defensive playbook for the first time this past weekend, everything looked very familiar. While the rest of the team's rookie class was starting from scratch and learning a new system, Jones was already several steps ahead.

"We ran pretty much the same defense, Dom Capers' defense, at UCLA," Jones said. "The terminology is a little different, but I'm picking it up pretty fast."

Jones' defensive coordinator during his final college season was Lou Spanos, who spent 15 seasons working as a defensive coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers beginning in 1995. Capers, Green Bay's defensive coordinator since 2009, ran Pittsburgh's defense from 1992-94, just prior to Spanos arriving. The two of them have subscribed to the same defensive philosophy ever since.

This was a significant selling point for the Packers when they decided to make Jones their first-round pick in this year's draft. Jones, an athletic 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive lineman, had the measurables and college production to project as a good NFL player regardless of which team he landed on. But Green Bay didn't have to risk the possibility that Jones' abilities wouldn't translate well into its defensive system. All of the tape on Jones from his senior year was of him performing in a system nearly identical to that which Capers runs with the Packers.

"Datone hit the lottery in a number of different ways," coach Mike McCarthy said during rookie minicamp. "It's the same terminology. The terminology will be pretty seamless for him."