Chandler Jones figured he’d be a first-round draft pick of an AFC East team. But he was surprised by which team.
Jones, a defensive end/outside linebacker from Syracuse who went 21st overall to the Patriots, said he was expecting to go 16th overall to the Jets, and was surprised when they took another defensive end/outside linebacker, Quinton Coples, instead.
“My agent was telling me, ‘The Jets are getting ready to get you. The Jets called me. They’re going to draft you,'” Jones said on Patriots All Access, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. “So I am sitting here waiting. They were still on the clock and my phone didn’t ring.”
The Jets obviously thought Coples was better than Jones. Now Jones will get two opportunities a year to prove the Jets wrong.