Oct 21, 2011; Syracuse NY, USA; Syracuse Orange defensive end Chandler Jones (99) before a play against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse defeated West Virginia 49-23. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

New England Patriots Select DE Chandler Jones at #21 in the NFL Draft



The New England Patriots Draft Chandler Jones with the 21′st overall pick in this years NFL Draft. The Patriots traded their 27′th pick to Cincinnati, setting the table for this newest addition to the team. This was a FANTASTIC move for the Patriots, giving them a highly rated player that can has the speed and smarts to seal the end, and the quickness to rush the passer. I give this pick an A+ rating.

Here was the Scouting Report from Pro Football Weekly:

Positives:
Very strong, power-based edge-setter — presses the line and can jolt and even ragdoll blockers. Plays with consistent leverage. Can sort out play action and quickly locate the ball. Strong bullrush and quick counter swim move. Strong-handed to play off blocks. Drive-through, wrap tackler. Hits with power. Chases down backs from behind. Defensive tempo-setter — highly competitive and it shows. Runs to the ball. Extremely tough mentally and physically. Excellent weight-room strength and body power.

Negatives:
Has small hands. Average arm length — can be engulfed by bigger blockers (and was swallowed in drills at the Senior Bowl). Is wound tightly and lacks ideal edge burst and acceleration to take the corner. Average agility and coverage range — labors to flip his hips and can be stressed by quick backs in space. Is best when he is turned loose with simple assignments and allowed to attack. Average Combine showing — appeared out of shape, turned off coaches with lack of urgency jogging between drills, was very late to react and transition in change of direction and opted not to run. Character requires some scrutiny. Average booksmarts.

Summary:
A very thickly-built, high-intensity, power-leverage rusher best with his hand in the ground moving forward. Is not as athletic as LaMarr Woodley but could best fit a similar type of role as an intimidating 3-4 rush linebacker.


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