Friday, April 27, 2012

Pats improve defense with two 1st round picks, Hightower (left), Jones (right)

"With the 21st pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the New England Patriots select Chandler Jones, defensive end, Syracuse."

Those words were heard through the televisions around New England to the delight of Patriots fans, who have been blessed with Tom Brady, but haunted with one of the worst team defenses in the league for several years in a row.

So who is Chandler Jones?

Standing in at 6'5, 266 pounds, Jones is known for his freakish athletic ability and has been compared to Giants standout Jason Pierre-Paul, who tortured the Patriots and every other offense he went against this past season.

Jones recorded 38 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, and 4.5 sacks in seven games last season, missing five due to a knee injury. His career numbers include 27 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Some say he is the best pure pass rusher in the draft, which the Patriots have been searching for since they traded away Richard Seymour to Oakland in 2009.

Jones also comes from an athletic family. His brother, Arthur, is a defensive lineman for the Ravens, and his other brother, Jon "Bones" Jones is a champion UFC fighter.

But the Patriots weren't done improving their defense as they traded up from 31 to 25 with the fear of the Ravens taking Dont'a Hightower before them. Hightower is a 6'2, 265 pound versatile, athletic linebacker who can play several different positions. He will fit in perfectly with Bill Belichick's system as he is known for moving guys around all over the place. Example: Julian Edelman played some defensive back for the Pats.

Hightower recorded 85 tackles, 11 for loss, and 4 sacks last season and helped lift the Alabama Crimson Tide to their 13th national championship title in school history.

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