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NFL Draft: Patriots Trade Up For Chandler Jones, Browns Take Brandon Weeden, Riley Reiff to Detroit, and David DeCastro Falls Perfectly To The Steelers

21. New England (via Cincinnati): Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse. There is some diversity of opinion on Jon Jones’ younger brother. Mayock had him as the best defensive player. New England must have had him rated higher as well, to make the move up.

22. Cleveland: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State. The Cleveland Browns made the smart move and added a solid veteran to tutor Colt McCoy. If he is good, it’s worth the pick to get a guy who can start four years under the rookie deal, and then you can let go at age 33, because Weeden will likely be at his peak when he takes a snap as a rookie.

23. Detroit: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa. The Lions address their offensive line for the future, with Backus aging, by taking the second best available pure tackle in the draft.

24. Pittsburgh: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford. I want to go on a rant about the great teams just plugging along and doing their thing. The Steelers just waited and a great pick fell to them at a position of need. Amazing.

[photo via Mike the Intern]

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