Chandler Jones Gives Patriots Immediate Boost on Defensive Edge

Chandler Jones Gives Patriots Immediate Boost on Defensive EdgeFOXBORO, Mass. – The Patriots shocked all of New England on Thursday night when they traded up in the first round for the second time in Bill Belichick's 13 drafts with the team.

The Pats sent the 27th and 93rd picks to the Browns for the 21st selection, which they used on Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones.

Key Stats

The 6-foot-5, 266-pounder had 10.5 sacks in three seasons. In seven games in 2011, Jones had 4.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, 38 total tackles (30 solo), one interception, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups.

Scouting Report

Jones has terrific potential off the edge, and the reason Belichick broke from his routine and selected an edge player is because Jones is solid against the run, too. That means he can stay on the field for all three downs. Jones still lacks explosion to be an elite pass rusher, but he's a very strong player who can handle the edge in whatever capacity he's asked.

Roster Impact

Jones should start right away and might even turn into the Patriots' best edge player during his rookie season. Jones looks like a natural fit as a 4-3 defensive end, but he can probably make the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker if asked. If the Patriots remain in a 4-3, Jones will get a ton of playing time right away.

Key Storyline

Jones is the younger brother of UFC champion Jon "Bones" Jones, who retained his light heavyweight title last week. Chandler also trains with his older brother, and that type of workout should help his development, particularly with his hand work, as he learns how to fight with offensive tackles in the NFL.

Quote

"No, I don't at all. Nope. My brother is Jon 'Bones' Jones. My name is just Chandler Jones."

–Jones, on whether or not he had a unique nickname like his brother.

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