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Draft Reaction: New England selects DE Chandler Jones

The Patriots set out to improve their front seven in a year where the picks in the front seven were not all that strong, which means they needed to cash in late round pick value in order to position themselves to make a splash in the first round.  Chandler Jones of Syracuse became the first domino that falls for New England.

Chandler Jones may be asked to replace the contributions of pro-bowl selection Andre Carter in his first year with the Patriots, which is a tall task.  It was a position of need, and this was a player the Patriots had been targeting, so it’s not surprised they were able to execute a trade up.  Jones is not expected to play with his hand up that often, so this commits the Patriots further to the 4-3 hybrid scheme they ran last season.

But when pass rushers are at stake, that flexibility is a small price to pay for someone who can get after the quarterback.

New England Patriots Process Points: 4

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