With the twenty-seventh pick of the 2012 CSC Community Mock Draft, the New England Patriots (chosen by jeff.l.b) select...
Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
Despite making it to the Super Bowl this past year, there's a lot of directions that the New England Patriots can go in the first round of the 2012 draft to immediately improve their team. Given that they have two picks in the latter part of the draft, it is easiest to explain some of the hows and whys of who I did not select on their behalf. With the re-signing of of centers Dan Connolly and Dan Koppen, the Patriots have already secured on of their bigger needs and took away the desire to draft Wisconsin center Peter Konz. Similarly the run onWRs have force me to look toward the defense where truly their biggest needs exist.Much like the Saints, the New England Patriots suffer from the dire need of a pass rush. Enter Chandler Jones, a defensive end from Syracuse University to help fill the void. A knee injury took a number of games away from Jones last season, however, some very solid tape still exists. At 6'5 and 3/8" and 265 lbs, Jones gives Belichick something he desires most from those in his front seven...versatility. The Patriots played mostly a standard 4-3 last year, however, it is widely believed that they will return to the 3-4 they have run for so many years under Belichick. Not only will Jones allow King Hoodie to line him up at 4-3 DE, but he also has the combined athleticism to play both a rush linebacker in their 3-4 scheme as well as move inside to play as a 5-tech, which will be his most likely ending spot. If it was not for the knee injury last year, Chandler Jones would be vying to be the first defensive end on the board. Teams are picking up on his tape, however, and many pundits have moved the well thought of prospect up their boards to the middle part of the first round. He possesses both an explosive first punch and constant motor that will help secure the Patriots defensive front for years to come.
A humble son of a preacher man, Chandler Jones' raw athletic talent isn't subject to himself alone. Not only was his brother Arthur selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2010 draft, but his older brother Jon Jones is the current UFC Light Heavy Weight Champion and regarded as one of the top five pound for pound mixed martial artists in the world.
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Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Indianapolis Colts||QB Andrew Luck - Stanford||Legatron Morstead||77%|
|2||Washington Redskins||QB Robert Griffin III - Baylor||VAsaintsfan||78%|
|3||Minnesota Vikings||OT Matt Kalil - USC||Hans Petersen||69%|
|4||Cleveland Browns||RB Trent Richardson - Alabama||Fan since the Aints||81%|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||CB Morris Claiborne - LSU||Alex Swift||50%|
|6||St. Louis Rams||WR Justin Blackmon - Oklahoma St.||GRIZZ||73%|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame||AcquiredPanic||51%|
|8||Miami Dolphins||WR Kendall Wright - Baylor||were gonna need a bigger boat||16%|
|9||Carolina Panthers||DT Michael Brockers - LSU||DatFan||43%|
|10||Buffalo Bills||OT Riley Reiff - Iowa||theprogrammerman||51%|
|11||Kansas City Chiefs||G David DeCastro - Stanford||Jimbo03||69%|
|12||Seattle Seahawks||DE Melvin Ingram - South Carolina||BASAINT||57%|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||DT Dontari Poe - Memphis||jeremysherwin||44%|
|14||Dallas Cowboys||S Mark Barron - Alabama||Saint for Life||59%|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles||DE Quinton Coples - North Carolina||caominh||26%|
|16||NY Jets||LB Courtney Upshaw - Alabama||GRIZZ||65%|
|17||Cincinnati Bengals||WR Stephen Hill - Georgia Tech||coldpizza||54%|
|18||San Diego Chargers||DE/OLB Nick Perry - USC||Alex Swift||44%|
|19||Chicago Bears||TE Coby Fleener - Stanford||Jay Cutler||44%|
|20||Tennessee Titans||LB Luke Kuelchy - Boston College||shipgoalie05||37%|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||CB Stephon Gilmore - South Carolina||coldpizza||54%|
|22||Cleveland Browns||OT Jonathan Martin - Stanford||Fan since the Aints|
|23||Detroit Lions||CB Dre Kirkpatrick - Alabama||AcquiredPanic|
|24||Pittsburgh Steelers||S Harrison Smith - Notre Dame||WVPiratesfan|
|25||Denver Broncos||DT Jerel Worthy - Michigan St.||Saint for life|
|26||Houston Texans||DT Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St.||Jimbo03|
|27||New England Patriots||DE Chandler Jones - Syracuse||jeff.l.b|