FB : Jones selected by New England Patriots in 1st round of NFL Draft

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chandler Jones is officially in the NFL.The New England Patriots selected the former Syracuse defensive end with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Patriots traded with the Cincinnati Bengals to move up from the 27th pick.Jones did not attend the draft, instead watching from the Ithaca home of his brother Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion. He joins his brother and former Syracuse defensive tackle, Art, in the pro ranks. Art Jones plays defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.It was the first time since 2002 that a Syracuse player was selected in the first round, when the Indianapolis Colts took defensive end and seven-time Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney. Jones’ draft stock has steadily risen in recent weeks putting the 6-foot-5, 266-pounder among the top overall prospects.Jones missed five games of his junior season at SU with a torn ligament in his right knee but still finished with 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks in seven games. He played arguably his best game of the year in the Orange’s 49-23 upset over West Virginia in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 21, notching six tackles and two sacks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the year’s conclusion, Jones announced he would leave Syracuse with one year of eligibility remaining. Shortly after declaring for the draft, Jones started preparing for the NFL at Athletes’ Performance, a training facility in Pensacola, Fla.Jones put up impressive numbers at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, running the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds to place among the top-15 defensive linemen, and also reached 35 inches in the vertical jump. At SU Pro Day, Jones impressed NFL scouts again during the positional workouts.And he did it coming off a stomach virus that had resulted in his loss of 11 pounds.He ran drills at both the defensive end and outside linebacker positions at Pro Day but will likely be a defensive end in the NFL. Jones is considered a better-than-average pass rusher, and scouts say he could be explosive in a 4-3 scheme as an end or in a 3-4 as an outside linebacker. He has a wingspan of around 86 inches, letting him blow past offensive tackles effectively.The Patriots typically run multiple defensive looks, which will allow Jones to showcase his versatility in the NFL.cjiseman@syr.edu Published on April 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Rivers Utd Get N10m Boost as Eunisell Unveils Players’ Jersey

first_imgAhead of this weekend’s kickoff of the Nigeria Professional Football League home game against El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri, last seasons’ runners up, Rivers United have been boosted with a sum of ten million naira by the club’s sponsor-Eunisell.Speaking at the unveiling of Rivers United players jersey at the Renaissance Lagos Ikeja Hotel on Thursday, the GMD of Eunisell Limited, Mr. Chika Ikenga, said the club was pleased to be associating with Rivers United and that the club’s performances so far has really encouraged the company. “They play good football and we hope they would win the league this season. Eunisell wants to be part of their history and that is one of the reasons for our partnering with them. We are pleased the development in the Nigerian league. The League Management Company, LMC, has done significantly well for the growth of the league,” Ikenga said.In appreciation of Rivers United stellar performance in the Super Four, Eunisell is rewarding the Port Harcourt based club with 10 million naira.Meanwhile, the General Manager of Rivers United, Okey Kpalukwu has promised not to let the their sponsors down, saying that the club would not only win the league this season but also do well in the continent.In a chat with THISDAY, Rivers United left full back; Ali Chiwendu said the players have been well motivated ahead of the clash against EI Kanemi.“We are aware that El Kanemi is a very strong team, but we’ve been well motivated by the management of the club and our fitness level is very high and the resolve to start the league well will see us through the game,” Chiwendu said.He however lamented last season’s narrow league loss to Enugu Rangers, but took solace in the fact that they are a younger team when compare to the Flying Antelopes.“We deserved to win the title last season, but all the same we did well considering that the team was barely seven months old then,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more