When the New England Patriots selected Syracuse's Chandler Jones with the 21st pick of the 2012 NFL draft, they got a physical freak.
Jones is a very talented athlete who can make big plays using his long limbs and quick feet.
At 6'5", Jones fits the mold for the "Elephant" position that ex-Patriots Willie McGinest, Andre Carter and Mark Anderson excelled in.
"Bill Belichick loves diversity, and this kid is a difference-maker in how he pass rushes, how he defends the run and how he can drop in coverage," said NFL draft expert Mike Mayock in reaction to New England picking Jones.
During March's NFL scouting combine, the 22-year-old impressed with a 35-inch vertical leap and a measured arm length of 35-and-a-half inches. These physical tools will bode well for him when it comes to batting down passes and wrapping up ball carriers.
Even though he's got good height, Jones would fare better if he bulked up. He weighs 265 pounds, and benched 22 reps at 225 pounds during the combine. However, Jones will be facing offensive tackles who are well over 300 pounds, so leverage will be key.
For a first-round draft choice, Jones wasn't overly productive in college. Over three seasons, he totaled 101 tackles and 10 sacks. To be fair, a knee injury in 2011 did limit him to just seven games. Yet, that makes health a whole other issue in itself.