Chandler Jones, DE

School: Syracuse  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Endicott, NY
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 266 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 1/21 -- Chandler Jones, DE, 6-5, 265, Syracuse...This is clearly the player the Patriots coveted from Day 1, as evident by the fact they traded up to get him, dealing the 27th overall pick and a third-round selection to move to No. 21. Jones has already drawn some comparisons to Giants' defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul based on his pure athleticism, and it's obvious the Patriots needed help with the pass rush. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Chandler Jones met the press in New England for the first time on Friday, but forgot one key item - his clothes. "I didn't know I was going to come here for a press conference," he said. "I was in my hoodie and my jeans, and they (told me), 'You have to come here and wear a suit tomorrow.'" - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Bill Belichick has frustrated New England fans in recent years by trading down and out of the first round with regularity. But that all changed Thursday night as Belichick made deals with both of his first-round selections - scheduled to be at 27 and 31 overall - moved up twice and selected Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones and Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower. "I thought we had a good day today," Belichick told reporters immediately following the conclusion of the first round. "As usual, the draft always takes some interesting twists and turns. You just never know how it's going to go." The first move saw the Patriots send the 27th and 93rd picks in this year's draft to the Bengals for the No. 21 selection that it would use to take Jones. Jones is an athletic end with the ability to play in both the 4-3, as he did as an end for the Orange, as well as the 3-4. He has the length that Belichick covets on the edge of his defensive front - Jones is 6-5, 266 pounds and has 35.5-inch arms. Though Jones only had 10 sacks in his Syracuse career before leaving after his junior season - having missed five games last fall with a knee injury -- many believe he has the potential to develop into one of the best defensive players from the 2012 draft class. He comes from an extremely athletic family. His brothers are current UFC champion Jon "Bones" Jones and Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones. "Chandler's a little younger, has a little less experience, but a very talented player," Belichick said of the first of his two picks. "Smart guy, works hard, did a good job against some quality players." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 21. New England Patriots (draft-day trade with Cincinnati, The Patriots acquired the 21st overall pick from the Bengals in exchange for the No. 27 pick and a third-round pick (93).): DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse -- The most explosive edge rusher on the roster in more than a decade, Jones is the younger brother of UFC star Jon "Bones" Jones and should help turn around a woeful pass defense in New England. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Jones will be the one with the biggest job to do. As a rare pass rusher that Belichick not only took in the first round, but traded up to acquire, Jones will be expected to contribute to the edge of the defense for a unit that ranked 31st in the NFL a year ago. Jones likely added to those expectations when he was asked which NFL players he modeled his game after. His response? "Julius Peppers and Aldon Smith," Jones told reporters. If the Patriots get production from Jones similar to anything either of those two players have done in their time in the NFL, Thursday's first round of the draft will go down as much more than a "good day" for New England. Despite coming off a Super Bowl trip the Patriots needed serious help on defense. Belichick acknowledged that Thursday night at Gillette by being uncharacteristically aggressive in the first round. Only time will tell if the deviation from his usual strategy will pay off, but right now the moves look very good on paper and left New England fans with plenty to cheer about on the first day of the draft. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - TEN SURPRISES FROM ROUND ONE: 10. Ten trades in the first round: A year ago there were just four trades in the first round. This year teams proved that with an entire off-season in which to converse and the significantly lower cap implications, teams were willing to move up and down the draft board to take "their guy" where they wanted. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 25. Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse: Were it not for a knee injury that robbed him of five games in 2011, Jones might compete for the top spot among defensive ends in this draft class. The 6-5, 266 pound Jones lacks the elite burst and flexibility to ever be a 10+ sack producer in the NFL but he boasts an impressive array of moves and is a high-effort player who shows up against the pass and run, alike. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/12/2012 - Offensive tackles who know Chandler Jones' background will have little interest in engaging in hand-to-hand combat. The defensive end from Syracuse does mixed martial arts training with his brother, who happens to be UFC superstar Jon "Bones" Jones. "Some flying knees, punching, elbowing, throwing everything I can," Chandler Jones told The Journal Sentinel about workouts with Jon. And if he wants to learn how to put those skills to good use on the field, he can turn to another brother, Art, who is a defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. That football pedigree is certainly playing in Chandler Jones' favor as he attempts to work his way into the first round of this year's draft. Jones was a highly-touted recruit, and was a third-team All-Big East selection as a redshirt sophomore. He built on that with second team honors in 2010 and first team last season, despite missing five games with a knee injury. Having watched Art's draft stock plummet due to a knee injury before the 2010 draft, Chandler Jones opted to leave Syracuse with a year of eligibility remaining. He has just 10 sacks in 33 career games, but he is considered a good run defender, has good initial quickness and does a nice job of anticipating the snap count. As you'd expect from someone with martial arts training, Jones is a physical defender who competes through the whistle on every snap. He projects best as a left defensive end in the 4-3 alignment. With added size and strength he could also become a very solid defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. His size, strength and scheme versatility should result in a top 75 selection but his lack of elite pass rush traits limit how high he'll go. Despite lacking elite pass rushing skills, Jones' stock has been steadily rising during the pre-draft process. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

04/11/2012 - There's a script and Chandler Jones is sticking to it. Like so many hopeful NFL pass rushers, Jones has spent long days at a large training facility. He has been in Florida, alongside Andre Branch, Frank Alexander and others. Explosion is the focus. But that's not where Jones truly morphed into a potential first-round pick. For that, he points to the off-season before his final year at Syracuse. The 6-foot-5, 266-pounder had access to a training partner no other prospect has. Jon "Bones" Jones, the Ultimate Fighting Championship star. His brother. Their mixed martial arts workouts went beyond the bench press. "Some flying knees, punching, elbowing, throwing everything I can," Chandler Jones said. No player in this year's draft class has Jones' pedigree. One brother is the face of an entire sport. The other, Art Jones, is a defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. Now, it's Chandler's turn. His helicopter, 35??-inch wingspan and active hands stand out most. Jones says he has drawn interest from teams that use 4-3 and 3-4 schemes - he had workouts with the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars among others. Jones also met with the Green Bay Packers at the scouting combine. Thanks to "Bones," Jones' hands became weapons. "The way I was taught to play football, I was told there was a target I had to hit every snap," said Jones, who had 27 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in three seasons. "Looking at the target out of snap, my hands were a lot more fast. I was on that target before I could even think about being that fast. My hands got lightning fast and I'm excited to see them get even better." - Tyler Dunne, The Journal Sentinel

03/13/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DOWN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: *Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse, 6-5, 266, 2...His siblings already made names for themselves, now it is Chandler's turn. He is a strong, fast, long-armed, raw talent who can play LDE right now, but might have upside as a decent pass rusher. His draft projection might be more impressive if he didn't have a knee injury in the season opener last year that caused him to miss five games. Medics at the combine apparently deemed him fit for duty and his workouts were impressive -- an unofficial 40-yard time of 4.78 seconds and the vertical jump of 35 inches. Jones is an extremely hard worker, respected by teammates and coaches, and has interesting bloodlines. One brother is Jonny "Bones" Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, and another brother, Arthur, was a former All-Conference DT at Syracuse and is now with the Baltimore Ravens (fifth-round selection, 2010). Despite missing those games last year, Chandler was named All Big-East first team and finished his career with 147 tackles, 27 for a loss, and 10 sacks. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/09/2012 - With just 50 days remaining until the 2012 NFL Draft, 29 of the league's 32 teams traveled to Manley Field House for the Syracuse Football Pro Day on Thursday. Fourteen former Orange student-athletes competed in several drills with the hope of achieving their NFL dreams. "This is one of the biggest days we've had in a long while," said SU's assistant athletics director for athletic performance Will Hicks. "All of our kids performed well. The coaches and scouts were very complimentary of how our program is run. All the kids did the drills the right way and were very attentive. It was like they've been there before." Among the 14 Syracuse athletes to participate were four who also worked out for NFL scouts at the 2012 combine in February. Defensive end Chandler Jones, tight end Nick Provo, free safety Phillip Thomas and offensive guard Andrew Tiller took advantage of the second opportunity to display their talents. Jones, coming off a successful performance at the combine, drew the attention of many throughout his workout. Jones finished his Orange career ranked ninth on Syracuse's career tackles by a down lineman (147). At the Combine, Jones ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds and had 22 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. "I feel like I did very well," Jones said of his Pro Day workout in Manley Field House. "The combine was nerve-racking, but I had fun (today). It was almost like practice. I wanted to come out here and put on a show, and I feel like I did that." - Syracuse football

03/08/2012 - Former Syracuse University football stars are back in the ???Cuse to prepare for Thursday's Pro Day workouts. For the past several months, athletes have been training for the big day with Head Strength Coach Will Hicks. Hicks is certainly familiar with Pro Day and what he needs to do to get the ambitious athletes ready. "I've been doing it a long time. I've been doing it 27 years, I've trained kids for a lot of Pro Days," says Hicks. We switch training a little bit from how we play in season, to train just to show off at one event, one time. You try and get your best number, your best test. So it's not geared towards longevity as much as it is to have one big day; one number, one big day, everything's kinda peaks Thursday." Hicks, the 1999 ACC Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, has trained current NFL athletes such as David Tyree and Dwight Freeney, both NFL Superbowl Champions. One of four players participating tomorrow, who have already become familiar with NFL scouts this year, is Big East First Team selection in 2011, Chandler Jones. The former defensive end had an impressive showing at the NFL combine and says for the pro day, he's going to take it a bit easier. "All those drills I did at the combine, I'm not going to do them again. The only thing I'm going to do at Pro Day is the position work," says Jones. "That's the only thing I really need to prove, to show scouts again that I really can move and it wasn't a fluke." 31 of the 32 NFL teams are expected to be represented. 14 SU players will train in front of NFL scouts tomorrow, in what serves as a "mini-combine." The athletes will complete the same testing that was done at the NFL combine and it is done on a more personal level. - Erika Wachter, NCC News

03/08/2012 - Chandler Jones wore a big smile on his face, thinking about a friendly bet he'd already made with brother Arthur about being selected high in the NFL draft. Rob Long was beaming, too, but for a much different reason. The two former Syracuse standouts were among 14 former Orange players who worked out for NFL scouts on Thursday at Manley Field House, and there were plenty of eyes on all of them. Scouts from 31 teams-37 people in all-showed up. That's up from 24 teams a year ago, a good sign for Orange coach Doug Marrone, whose third season at the helm ended with a five-game losing streak and no bowl appearance. "It was a very, very good day, one of the biggest days we've had in a long time," said Will Hicks, the Orange's assistant athletic director of athletic performance. "It was very, very smooth. All of our kids performed well. All the coaches and scouts were very complimentary of how the program was run, how the kids did the drills the right way and were very attentive, looked like they'd been there before." Also competing for attention were: tailback Antwon Bailey, wideout Van Chew, kick returner and receiver Dorian Graham, cornerback Kevyn Scott, safeties Phillip Thomas and Olando Fisher, offensive guard Andrew Tiller, fullback Tombe Kose, offensive tackle Michael Hay, and tight end Nick Provo. Back from the 2010 team that won the Pinstripe Bowl were tight end Jose Cruz and receiver Aaron Weaver. Jones impressed despite having lost 11 pounds due to a bout of stomach flu. "Chandler did exceptional in the position work today," Hicks said. "Some of those kids who didn't go to the combine made some noise." - AP Sports

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 60. *Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse, 6-5, 265, 2...Jones is a strong, fast, long-armed, raw talent who can play LDE right now, but might have upside as a decent pass rusher. His draft projection and his stats would be more impressive if he didn't have a knee injury in the season opener last year that caused him to miss five games. It was listed only as a "lower body injury," but medics at the Combine will get a clear picture, literally. Jones is an extremely hard worker respected by teammates and coaches and has interesting bloodlines. One brother is Jonny "Bones" Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, and another brother, Arthur, was a former All-Conference DT at Syracuse and is now with the Baltimore Ravens (fifth-round selection, 2010). Despite missing games last year, Jones was named All Big-East first team and finished his career with 147 tackles, 27 for a loss and 10 sacks. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

12/30/2011 - Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones is skipping his final season of eligibility and entering the NFL draft. Jones, who made the announcement on Friday, was a 2011 All-Big East first-team selection. He finishes his career with 147 tackles, seventh among Orange down linemen. Jones made 38 tackles in seven games this season despite missing five games because of a lower body injury. He was the conference defensive player of the week after finishing with six solo tackles and two sacks in a 49-23 upset of West Virginia in October. Jones had 7.5 tackles for a loss in 2011. He is ninth on the Syracuse career list with 27 such tackles. - AP Sports

12/19/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Chandler Jones, Syracuse, Jr., has been selected All-BIG EAST Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as chosen by the league's eight head coaches. Jones finished 2011 for 38 tackles (30 solo) in just seven games played en route to his second consecutive All-BIG EAST selection. He is ninth on both the SU record for career tackles by a down lineman (147) and career tackles for a loss (27.0). The Endicott, N.Y. native registered his first career interception in the season finale at Pittsburgh, which was returned 32 yards and set up a SU touchdown. After missing five games with a lower body injury, Jones returned to the field against No. 11/14 West Virginia, and earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors with six solo tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 19 yards. - Syracuse football

10/24/2011 - WEEK 8 BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones was tabbed as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he had six tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 19 yards, and one pass breakup in Syracuse's 49-23 win against No. 11/14 West Virginia. Jones led a defensive front that limited the Mountaineers to 70 rushing yards and had four sacks as the Orange defeated their highest-ranked opponent since a 50-42, triple-overtime win against No. 8 Virginia Tech in 2002. - BIG EAST football

10/10/2011 - DE Chandler Jones traveled with the team to Tulane, but did not play. He's missed the last five games with an injury, but should be ready to return after the bye week. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - DE Chandler Jones missed the Toledo game with a lower body injury. He hasn't played since the season opener, and his status for this week is uncertain. S Orlando Fisher is out until further notice with a lower body injury suffered in the season opener. Jones wasn't able to play the last three games due to what coach Doug Marrone says is a lower body injury. Jones was a 3rd team Big East as a freshman and a 2nd team Big East member last season. He had 57 tackles and 4 sacks last year. He was replaced in the starting lineup by senior Torrey Ball. Coach Doug Marrone wasn't sure when Jones would be available to play again. - The Sports Xchange/College Injury Report

09/21/2011 - DE Chandler Jones missed the USC game with a lower body injury, and while the coaching staff hopes to have him back for this weekend a decision won't be made until later in the week. - The Sports Xchange

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse, (2nd Team All-Big East, four sacks and 9.5 TFLs), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee


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