Found April 27, 2012 on New England Sports React:

Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower look to add some power to the Pats’ defensive front.

One the day that the nation had its eyes on Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, it was the surprise moves that the Pats made that caught the attention of New England football fans.  The Pats first traded up from the 27th pick (yes, not down) to the 21 spot, giving the Cincinatti Bengals the pick along with a 3rd-round selection.  They did this not once, but twice, nabbing defensive end Chandler Jones at 21 and linebacker Dont’a Hightower at 25 after trading the 31st pick and aa fourth-rounder to the Denver Broncos.  According to, the 6-foot-5 Jones chose to leave Syracuse after this his junior season and was reveled for his size and speed by scouts during his career with the Orangemen.  Hightower, meanwhile, has the look of a physical inside linebacker that has been NFL-ready for close to two seasons.  Jones best plays at the defensive end position in a 4-3 scheme, while Hightower best plays at the linebacker position in a 3-4 alignment.  Hightower’s physicality allows him to play as either a linebacker or small defensive lineman.  Got to love that versatility, eh Belichick?

I don’t know much about these guys since I’m not an avid college football fan, but am certainly interested in seeing what contributions they have to make to the Pats.  Hopefully, they will be able to stabilize the defense’s front seven.  Now that some defensive front positions have been filled, expect the Pats to go for a cornerback/safety or maybe even possibly a wide receiver.  Then again, the Pats could pull another whacky move and trade picks for a player, trade up, trade down; there’s a few different possibilities when it comes to this team and its unpredictable nature.  We’ll just have to wait and see whot they pick next.

-Ryan Hartley

Here are highlight videos from both Chandler Jones’ and Dont’a Hightower’s college careers:





Chandler Jones’ Draft Night: Why He Skyrocketed & What it Means for SU Tonight, Chandler Jones will likely become Syracuse’s first selection in the NFL Draft’s first round since another pass rusher, Dwight Freeney, a decade ago. It seems a foregone conclusion as Jones’s stock has skyrocketed over the past month. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock has him as a top 10 prospect and the top defensive end in a class with talented edge guys. How...

Patriots Select Chandler Jones at 21 Overall

The New England Patriots traded up to the 21st pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday to select Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones - the Orange's first player taken in Round 1 since Dwight Freeney in 2002.

Patriots targeted versatile Jones, Hightower

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. "...
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