2012 NFL Draft Results: Syracuse DE Chandler Jones Selected By New England Patriots With 21st Pick

With the 21st pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, the New England Patriots select Syracuse Orange defensive end/outside linebacker Chandler Jones. Jones is the 38th-ranked prospect in the draft and the sixth-rated defensive end, according to Mocking the Draft's rankings, though some evaluators grew more bullish on his chances of becoming a first-round pick as the draft neared.

Jones is the brother of Arthur Jones, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens, and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. He was a three-year starter for Syracuse, but suffered a knee injury in 2011 that caused him to miss five games. Here's what Mocking the Draft had to say about Jones before the draft.

Jones earned first-team all-conference honors after finishing with 38 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. But his development as a prospect was hampered by the injury. Jones will enter the NFL loaded with potential because of his size and athleticism. But he needs to get better against the run and his technique needs some work.

For more on Jones, head over to Syracuse Orange blog Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.