Chandler Jones had big expectations for his junior season at Syracuse, but nagging injuries limited his production, as he only managed 4.5 sacks in 2011 for the Orange.
Still, Jones has the length and speed elements that would equate to a quality end in the NFL. He is, however, very undersized at just 250 lbs, and may need some time to add weight and/or adjust to the bigger bodies of the NFL.
While his size would suggest that he his best suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker, his skill set would serve him best as a base 4-3 end.
Here is a sample of the National Football Post's report on Jones:
I love his size and length. But I worry about defensive lineman who play upright, lack a great get off burst and struggle to change directions. I don't see him as a big time pass rusher. But if he improves his pad level he could mature into a potential starting option.
Simply put, Jones will be drafted more for his speed and length than what he has shown on the field most recently. He will need to get over his bad habit of getting too upright in order to make it at the next level. Early on in his career, he should contribute on special teams and be a rotational player as he develops.
A developmental prospect that will need some time to develop both his skills and his body weight, he could turn into a starter with a few years of proper coaching.
The Patriots finally buck their recent trend and trade up instead of down and draft one of the draft's best rushers. This fills a huge need for the Patriots and they do it for relatively cheap. Not a bad haul with the 21st pick.