Scouting Report: Jamar Chaney

Written by Will Spencer on April 6, 2010



Jamar Chaney


Position: LB School: Mississippi State
Height: 6’0 3/4" Weight: 242 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.54

Overall Grade:

5.94

Draft Projection:

3rd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 4
Speed 8 7.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 5.5
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 5
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 6
Potential 10 7


Linebacker Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 5
Coverage 8 7
Pass Rushing 8 3
Tackling 8 5
Instincts 8 5.5
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Very quick and excellent straight line speed. Does an outstanding job in zone coverage. A true speed linebacker. Flows to the ball well. Instincts are slightly above average but Chaney has shown consistent development in this area. High motor player that doesn’t give up on the play. Good pursuit. Does a decent job wading through traffic to get to the ball carrier. Above average awareness. Diagnoses the play well and will be in position to make the play more often than not.

Weaknesses

Not a big hitter. Will often arm tackle and take on the ball carrier too high. Sometimes fails to break down and loses his tackling fundamentals in the phone booth. Not very strong at the point of attack and has a hard time getting of strong blockers. Needs to develop lower body strength to compliment his speed. Can get out of control at times and is known to get sucked in on counter players/cutbacks. Though he is often in position to make the play, he has a hard time shedding the blocker and making the tackle in tight spots.

Analysis

Chaney is an interesting prospect as he has experience at both weakside linebacker and middle linebacker. He may have to play on the weakside in the NFL so he can fully utilize his speed to run around and make plays. Could be a nice third down linebacker with his abilities to drop into zone coverage and lock up against tight ends. Chaney may not be able to play the mike backer spot in a 4-3 defense due to his tackling problems, but playing the weakside could be a nice fit for him.

Experience

Three starts as a true freshman in 2005 at WLB. Eleven starts as a sophomore at WLB. Became starter at MLB as a junior in 2007. Medical redshirt in 2008 and then again starter at MLB as a redshirt senior.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: n/a
2007: 2nd team All-SEC by league’s coaches.
2006: n/a
2005: n/a

Academics

Fitness management major at Mississippi State.

Injuries

Played through torn labrum during 2008 spring practice and then had surgery to repair it before regular season. Did not miss a start due to injury.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 89 33 56 2 2 2 0
2008 12 5 7 0 0 0 0
2007 89 35 54 0 0 0 0
2006 64 35 29 2 1 0 0
2005 31 10 21 0 0 0 0






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.