Mock thoughts: Double dip on D

February, 7, 2012
In his most recent mock draft (Insider content), Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay focuses on defense for the Patriots.

At No. 27, which the Patriots own from the Saints, the pick is Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones.
Jones is an under-the-radar pass-rusher with the frame (6-5, 247) Bill Belichick likes in his DE/OLB hybrids, and he's a gifted athlete who bends the edge naturally. He's the brother of Ravens DL Arthur Jones and MMA sensation Jon Jones.

At No. 31, Clemson defensive lineman Brandon Thompson gets the nod.
Filling a need at wide receiver would be a reach here, so Thompson becomes attractive. His motor runs hot and cold and he played much better in 2010, but Thompson can be overpowering against the run and flashes the ability to collapse the pocket as a pass-rusher.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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