The Patriots announced Wednesday they have signed first-round pick Chandler Jones, Jones, a defensive end from Syracuse, was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2012 draft with the 21st pick overall.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Jones, a three-year starter at Syracuse, finished his college career with 147 total tackles, 10.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a junior in 2011, he was named All-Big East after finishing with 38 total tackles and 4.5 sacks despite being limited to just seven games.
Jones is the fifth member of New England's rookie class to sign, joining second-round selection Tavon Wilson, sixth-rounder Nate Ebner and seventh-round picks Alfonzo Dennard and Jeremy Ebert. (First-rounder Dont'a Hightower and third-rounder Jake Bequette are the only unsigned players.)
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