Feb. 27, 1990 (22)
New England Patriots
Syracuse Orange (Junior)
Union Endicott High School
2011 All Big East First Team
27 tackles for loss
What they're saying:
The Patriots have selected Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones with the 21st pick. The Pats acquired the pick through a trade with Cincinnati, sending the Bengals the 27th and 93rd pick.
Jones had 30 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder was limited to seven games by a knee injury. In three years a Syracuse, Jones totaled 147 tackles and 10 sacks.
Jones comes from an exceptionally athletic family. His brother Arthur is a defensive end for the Ravens and his other brother Jon is the UFC light heavyweight champion.
Taking a look at the Patriots’ trade up and selection of Syracuse DE/OLB Chandler Jones.
He is the prototype for the Elephant DE/OLB position in the Patriots’ defense made famous by Willie McGinest, and played last season by Andre Carter and Mark Anderson.
Anderson signed with the Bills, and Carter is a free agent after having leg surgery. He could be back. Trevor Scott, who was signed from the Raiders, has similar skills for that position.
Jones, who was a junior entry, goes nearly 6-5 ½ and 266 pounds and has very long arms (35 ½ -inch arms). He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds. Jones has a great first step. He can do what Bill Belichick wants: stand up to a tackle but also get to the quarterback.
Chandler Jones, a Union-Endicott graduate and former Syracuse University lineman, was chosen by the New England Patriots as the 20th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.
Jones, who left Syracuse with a year of eligibility remaining, was a first-team All-Big East selection despite missing five games last year with a knee injury.
He showed well enough at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and at his subsequent Pro Day at SU to move him into the first-round conversation before the draft.