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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Patriots Trade UP to get thier guy: Chandler Jones DE Syracuse

By: Greg
Shocking News!
1. The Patriots trade UP!
2. The Patriots select a PASS RUSHER!

Many people have Chandler Jones as the best pass rusher in the draft. A pure athlete who can get after the passer. He had 10 sacks in his career at Syracuse and 27 tackles for a loss. He is a 6'5 monster with big upside....he missed his first five games this season and people say if he played all year he would be a top 10 pick.

I am pretty pumped about this pick....BB wanted this guy and he was one of the best pure pass rushers in the draft...

Here is his scouting report from Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Excellent size with a large frame and long arms
• Very powerful with impressive natural strength
• Active, violent hands to stay clean and disengage
• Stout at the point of attack against the run game
• Good instincts, awareness and a high football IQ
• Shows solid range and does a nice job in pursuit
• Plays with a terrific motor and is a hard worker
• Should offer positional and schematic versatility
• Pro bloodlines and still has a ton of potential

Weaknesses:
• Not overly explosive w/ average speed and quickness
• A tad stiff with marginal agility and change of direction
• Has a tendency to play too high and will lose leverage
• Must develop additional pass rush moves / counters
• Coming off an injury so durability is a minor concern

Injury History:
• Missed five games with a knee injury in 2011

Notes:
A three-year starter for the Orange --- Brother Arthur also played at Syracuse and is now with the Baltimore Ravens --- Brother Jon "Bones" Jones is a UFC Fighter --- Named 2nd Team All-Big East in 2010 and 1st Team in 2011 --- Could project as a defensive or outside linebacker in a 3-4 or a defensive end in a 4-3 --- Not a dynamic pass rusher but ability to play multiple positions in either an even or odd front will be a major selling point on Draft Day --- An extremely intriguing physical specimen who is essentially a raw ball of clay waiting to be molded.    

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