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Friday, March 30, 2012
McShay on Jones & Patriots

By Mike Reiss

On a media conference call today, ESPN's Todd McShay elaborated on why he likes Syracuse defensive end/outside linebacker Chandler Jones as a fit for the Patriots.

In his most recent mock draft, McShay slotted Jones to the Patriots at No. 27.

"I fell in love with him at the East-West Shrine Game, watching tape at night. I think he has so much upside and is just scratching the surface," said McShay, adding that Jones could be "the most underrated player, maybe in the entire draft but certainly in the defensive line."

"Everyone says 'the production is not there' but I see 6-5, 247 pounds, and potential to get up to about 270 pounds if you wanted," McShay added. "He's proven he can play some inside. He's played on the left side. The right side. He even can drop in coverage, he's shown that on tape at times. I just think he's strong, physical, but also has athleticism to get after the quarterback.

"To me, Chandler Jones is a perfect fit for New England because of his versatility and the way he plays the game."

McShay was detailing the defensive end/outside linebacker types in the draft -- leading off with Melvin Ingram, Quinton Coples and Courtney Upshaw -- before touching on Jones.

McShay called Ingram and Upshaw more Raven/Steeler-type 3-4 outside linebackers -- more "short and squatty."