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jdc65 04-18-2010 12:02 AM

An Inside Linebacker Prospect: 4th Rd.
In my opinion, going to an attacking 3-4 defense requires[U] ultra-athletic linebackers[/U], all 4 of them. [B]Orakpo[/B] is solid for years to come, but [B]Fletcher[/B] is almost done, [B]McIntosh[/B] doesn't appear to fit, and LOLB is wide open, but with plenty of bodies. The team needs to address the[U] inside linebacker [/U]spot in this draft. A potential 4th round prospect is [B]Jamar Chaney [/B]of [I]Mississippi State[/I].

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSWuUoOzrxs&feature=related]YouTube - Jamar Chaney - Blitz[/ame]

[B]Jamar Chaney [/B]is 6'1", 242 lbs, ran a blistering 4.48 at his pro-day, and was the fastest linebacker at the combine with 4.54. He missed the entire 2008 season with a broken leg, but was very productive inside in 2007 and 2009.
He is versatile as he played outside as a freshman.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LMZmeY-kgo&feature=related]YouTube - Jamar Chaney - vs Run[/ame]

He is in the mix to be drafted anywhere from mid-3rd to early-5th. The [B]Skins[/B] would need to jump on him in the 4th to secure a 3 down inside backer who has excellent cover skills, decent against the run, and someone who can blitz effectively from the inside.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6FErsTC47s&feature=related]YouTube - Jamar Chaney - vs Pass[/ame]

His main weaknesses seems to be his[U] lack of strength at the Point Of Attack[/U], and he is a drag-down tackler. His strengthes, other than speed, is his motor and ability to get to the ball. He is also a [U]vocal and emotional leader [/U]and he was an excellent special teams player.

[B]Chaney[/B] also played a tough schedule against NFL caliber competition such as :[I] Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Tech, Houston, LSU, and Ole Miss.[/I]

I apologize for the long videos, but at least you can get a decent perspective. I don't see his weaknesses as strong negatives; [U]he is all over the place[/U], and with better coaching and strength conditioning; he could be a solid starter or better.

[url=http://www.sidelinescouting.net/rankings/ilb.shtml]Sideline Scouting - Inside Linebackers[/url]

[url=http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1116461?tag=pageRow;pageContainer]Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com[/url]

[url=http://www.nfl.com/draft/2010/profiles/jamar-chaney?id=496907#tab-analysis]National Football League: NFL Draft 2010 - Jamar Chaney[/url]

CultBrennan59 04-18-2010 12:03 AM

Re: An Inside Linebacker Prospect: 4th Rd.
Donald Butler Washington.....reminds me of Bart Scott

CultBrennan59 04-18-2010 12:12 AM

Re: An Inside Linebacker Prospect: 4th Rd.
Chaney's good, but I feel like he's not that good of a fit for a 3-4 ILB, too small for the run I think. Spikes, Butler, and Micah Johnson would fit though on the other hand.

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc7RoALOZfM]YouTube - Micah Johnson Highlights 2008[/url]

jdc65 04-18-2010 12:24 AM

Re: An Inside Linebacker Prospect: 4th Rd.
I like Butler a lot, and would gladly take him. Chaney has the size, just not the strength. Possibly he could get more lower body power with a solid work-out regimen and better technique.

Johnson and Spikes are good run stuffers, but are too slow to be in on passing downs. In most 2nd and long situations, they have to come out, and basically we have a 1 down player.

Today's pass happy NFL is about speed first and foremost. A guy can get stronger or football-smarter, but he can't get faster. Draft a 3 down player like Butler or Chaney, in my opinion.

NYCskinfan82 04-18-2010 06:43 AM

Re: An Inside Linebacker Prospect: 4th Rd.
Good peice of research, worth a look in the 4th rd if we have picked up our two OT's by then.

diehard 04-18-2010 12:11 PM

Re: An Inside Linebacker Prospect: 4th Rd.
Shanahan has used faster LBs but, always with a 4-man front.

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