Patriots trade up for Syracuse DE Chandler Jones

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Patriots trade up for Syracuse DE Chandler Jones

FOXBORO -- The Patriots traded up from the No. 27 overall pick in order to select Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones with the No. 21 overall pick.

New England sent No. 27 and a third-round pick (No. 93 overall) to the Cincinnati Bengals, in order to move up to No. 21.

Jones is 6-foot-5, 266-pounds. The scouting report on the defensive end says that if he didn't miss five games in 2011 because of a knee injury, he might have competed for the top spot among defensive ends in the 2012 draft class.

He recorded 38 tackles (30 solo) and led Syracuse with 4.5 sacks in just seven games during his senior year in 2011.

More to come . . .

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: Playoff format going to irk somebody

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Trump invites Patriots to White House to celebrate Super Bowl on April 19

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Trump invites Patriots to White House to celebrate Super Bowl on April 19

The Patriots have been invited to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl LI victory with president Donald Trump on April 19. How many players RSVP in the affirmative to the invitation remains to be seen. 

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, a Patriots fan, announced the date at a press briefing on Thursday. Spicer noted that the visit will coincide with the 242nd anniversary of the battles at Lexington and Concord.

Though Trump considers Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady as friends, several members of last season's championship roster have noted already that they didn't play to attend a celebratory trip to Trump's White House, including Devin McCourty, Martellus Bennett, Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount. Alan Branch and Dont'a Hightower also noted that they didn't plan to go.