Originally written March 30, 2013 on NESN.com:
The Patriots traded up to the 21st pick in last year’s NFL draft to get their pass rusher of the future. And Chandler Jones didn’t disappoint in his rookie campaign. Fighting through injuries for much of the season, Jones established himself as a force to be reckoned with off the edge for much of the season. He managed 45 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles in just 14 games and was absolutely dominant when healthy. The Patriots are always looking for defensive line help and could use another talented defender to improve their middling pass rush. Texas’ defensive end Alex Okafor could be just the player to help fill that void. Okafor enjoyed the most productive season of his four-year career with the Longhorns in 2012, piling up 12.5 sacks, good for ninth best in the nation, and constantly bringing pressure on opposing quarterbacks. He’s not the quickest pass rusher in this draft and does have limitations in the run game, but overall he’s a very solid defender who fits best i...
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