Syracuse football achieved something it hadn't over the last decade on Thursday, as Chandler Jones became the first SU player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since Dwight Freeney (11 overall) in 2002.
In order to get Jones, the New England Patriots traded their 27th overall pick as well as their third-round selection to move up to 21st overall before making Jones the newest Patriot.
Jones, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end, decided to forgo his senior season at Syracuse in order to enter his name to the Draft. The redshirt junior notched 38 tackles, including 4.5 sacks, this season on the way to All-BIG EAST First Team honors.
“Chandler is everything you want a player to be. And, as good as he is on the field, he is an even better person off the field," said Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone. "He comes from a family that did a great job in raising him. He has terrific parents and two outstanding role models in his brothers, Arthur, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens and Jon, the UFC light heavyweight champion. Chandler is a prime example of what we mean when we talk about keeping New York state players in their home state to play at Syracuse.
“Based on my experience in the NFL, I see Chandler developing into a top tier defensive end. I hope he has the same success as (defensive end) Dwight Freeney and all of the Syracuse players in the National Football League.”
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