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Prospect Profiles: ILB Jamar Chaney (Mississippi State)

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6’1 242 pounds.

Jamar Chaney has GREAT Measurables (he had the fastest 40 time for a linebacker at the combine).

In fact his 4.54 would have been the 9th best time for a Running back. His pro day time would have been the 4th best time for a Running back.

National Football Post

Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney lived up to his reputation for speed during his Pro Day workout today.

According to a league source, Chaney was clocked between 4.45 and 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash on NFL scouts’ stop watches.

Following the workout, the Oakland Raiders (That should scare teams away) conducted an extensive interview with the former Bulldogs standout.

Chaney was the fastest linebacker at the NFL scouting combine with an official time of 4.54 seconds ahead of Florida State linebacker Dekoda Watson’s 4.56.

Chaney was “tremendous” in positional drills, per our source.

The Cincinnati Bengals and the Raiders sent their linebackers coaches to the workout, which was also attended by the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens.

Chaney, who was the South team’s Most Valuable Player on defense at the Senior Bowl, has also drawn interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins.

Chaney missed the 2008 season with a broken leg, but the 6-foot-1, 241-pounder started 39 career games.

At the scouting combine, the Florida native also bench presssed 225 pounds 26 times and turned in a 39-inch vertical leap.

Chaney has great measurables. So you now you’re getting at least a good athlete.


Career: 285 tackles, 3 FF, 2 INT

2009: 89 tackles (ONLY 33 solo) 2 Sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT.

Big Games:

Vs LSU 8 tackles, 1 sack, 2 PD
@ Vanderbilt 7 tackles

vs GA Tech 9 tackles (4 solo)

vs Florida 12 tackles (4 solo)

@ Kentucky 15 tackles 1 INT

vs Alabama 8 tackles (3 solo)

Scouting Reports

National Football Post

Scouting Report:
Jamar Chaney: No. 22, ILB, 6-1, 245

An emotional leader inside, Chaney plays with a consistent motor and works very hard in pursuit. Showcases good coordination in his drop and looks comfortable when asked to read and react in space. But he lacks any kind of an initial first step and is slow to get after the football in pursuit. He looks stiff trying to close on the ball and plays at one speed. Consistently sees his angles get outrun in space and lacks the range to play sideline to sideline. Does a nice job using his hands to shed blocks and work himself free in the run game. Displays good, natural power as a tackler inside. Is quick to diagnose the play and has shown the ability to find the football inside and wrap up in the hole. But he has some trouble taking proper angles toward the football inside. He’s at his best as a downhill linebacker, but he hasn’t been the same since suffering a leg injury in the 2008 season. His athletic ability has suffered most since his injury. He’ll have trouble making plays in space at the next level in his current athletic state.

Grade: 5.8

Draft Board

Scouting Report-Chaney woke up a lot of people with his Scouting Combine. He showed some impressive triangle numbers which forced people to go back and watch to see if he could play football.  And for the most part they should have been impressed with what they saw.  You can see his speed and quicknes in game situations and his ability to get to the ballcarrier quickly is evident.  In terms of his size, he’s a little squatty, but for an inside linebacker that’s not a bad thing. He is a very instinctive player, looking to read and react to a play.  Pretty aware player and his experience really shows.  It’s not all sunshine though.  For a guy who’s built like he is, you’d think he would be stronger, especially against the run.  As  long as he had bodies in front of him, keeping the fat boys off of him, he was able to run down plays, but he doesn’t do a great job with his hands, and doesn’t have a ton of lower body strength, so when a player gets up into him, he loses.  He’s a much better coverage player than I thought he would be, and even though he’s kinda stiff, his quickness and speed make up for it.  Does need to really work on being a better tackler, as I see him giving up too many plays.

Draft Status-In a very meh inside linebacker class, Chaney has a chance to be drafted sooner than his talent would indicate.  I’d plug him firmly into the third round to a 4-3 team that can count on keeping blockers off of him, and allow him to run sideline to sideline and make plays.  I don’t buy the hype that is surrounding him right now in terms of draft status and I think his limited upside keeps him out of the first two rounds.

Final Analysis-I think people are over their heads about Chaney.  Going back and watching him play, his problems in run support and tackling really hurt him.  You figure in that he doesn’t blitz a ton, and that’s another strike against him.  I almost wonder if his football IQ is pretty low, and he’s more of just a run and chase guy.  He doesn’t get off blocks well so he prefers to try and use his speed and quickness to get around blockers to avoid them, and should spend considerable time in the film room and the weight room.  Mark me down as thinking Chaney will be drafted too soon, and not be as productive as a lot of the linebackers who will be drafted after him.  His triangle numbers have clouded people’s judgment, paired up with a bad ILB class.

Reminds me of:Corey Mays, LB Kansas City Chiefs-Squatty ILB, who has nice speed but it just a middle of the road kind of player. Won’t make any big plays, but is good enough to hang around.  That’s Chaney to me.

Instincts/Recognition 2 Great starting experience at the highest level. Adequate natural instincts. Continues to improve his read-and-react skills. Is quick to react once he has diagnosed. Solid overall awareness.
Strength/Toughness 4 “Has good size and enough overall strength to stack and shed. He also shows adequate toughness and plays with a great motor. However, in order to become a more complete player at the point of attack he must improve his hand usage and lower-body strength.”
Range vs. Run 2 Very good overall range. Is quick and fast for his size. Can play sideline to sideline when protected. Only issue is that he needs to do a better job of disengaging from blocks in order to maximize his range versus the run.
Tackling 3 “Can improve in this area. Closes quickly and does a solid job of wrapping up in space. Not as explosive as his size-speed combination would indicate, though. Will struggle to fill in short-yardage situations. Not a thumper. “
3rd Down Capabilites 2 Has excellent potential in this area. Very fast for his size. Good agility. Excellent range in zone coverage. Gets a very deep drop. Ball skills need some improving. Struggles a bit to find the ball in the air. Doesn’t have a lot of experience as a pass rusher but has potential in that area because of outstanding closing burst.

CBS NFL Draft Scout

A highly touted prep athlete who originally signed with Georgia and was recruited by Tennessee, South Carolina and Iowa, Chaney made an immediate impact for the Bulldogs in 2005, playing in all 11 games and totaling 31 tackles at weak-side linebacker. He posted another 66 tackles, including 7.5 for loss, as a sophomore.Chaney’s career began to take off in 2007 when he was moved inside. Earning second-team All-SEC honors, Chaney led the Bulldogs with 89 tackles, providing a steady, physical presence in the middle. Unfortunately, Chaney suffered a fractured leg in the fourth quarter of the first game of the 2008 season, which was to be his last at Mississippi State, and was lost for the entire year. He triumphantly returned as a senior to once again lead the Bulldogs in tackles, posting 90 stops, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in starting all 12 games.Chaney’s experience in the SEC (39 career starts) and versatility (25 at inside linebacker, 14 on the weak side) is certain to intrigue scouts. However, for a player of his experience, Chaney hasn’t shown a great deal of improvement throughout his career.
Read & React: Moderate reading his keys and diagnosing what’s coming at him. Marginal vision to avoid the trash and beat the running back to the edge. Quick to accelerate to the ball after recognizing the play. Disciplined defender who maintains gap control and trusts teammates.Run defense: Looks smaller on film than his program-listed size. Can be engulfed by blockers and doesn’t have the upper-body strength or punch to disengage quickly. Marginal lateral quickness to avoid blocks.Pass defense: Former weak-side linebacker with the athleticism and understanding of pass defense to remain on the field in passing situations. Good depth in coverage.

Tackling: Effective drag-down tackler. Breaks down well in space against smaller, shiftier athletes. Good hustle in pursuit but too often makes plays well downfield. Reliable open-field tackler, but isn’t a punisher (one forced fumble in 27 career starts).

Pass Rush/Blitz: Only occasionally used as a pass rusher as an inside linebacker and is exclusively a stand-up pass rusher. Lacks a versatile repertoire of pass-rush moves and needs an open lane to close effectively.

Intangibles: Productive special teams defender. Broken lower right leg suffered in 2008 will require further medical evaluation at the Scouting Combine.

NFL Comparison: Robert Thomas, ex-Rams/Raiders

Big Board Rankings

ESPN Scouts Inc 7th best ILB

CBS NFL Draft Scout 147 137

Where the Mocks Have Him Falling Round 3 pick #92 Cleveland Browns Round 5 pick #146 Cleveland Browns

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

Jamar Chaney might be a workout warrior and those scare me because generally speaking workout warriors go higher than there football production indicates that they should.

However, that does not mean that ALL workout warriors can’t play football. I Like Bruce Campbell, I think he’s going to be a very good N.F.L. player. In fact, I would have Zero problems with the Giants if they took Bruce Campbell 14th overall and a lot of people think he’s Just a workout warrior, I’m not one of them.

Now if he does get drafted by the Raiders and isn’t successful…that might be more about playing for the Raiders than anything. That place is a black hole for productive players, but that’s another story for another day.

This is what scares me about Chaney, when places report that “scouts were drooling” (National football Post).


Chaney is VERY ATHLETIC. And he was Also a highly touted prospect coming out of high school (CBS, so he has always been considered a very good football player.

And this is what I don’t like.

A leg injury that cost him an ENTIRE season.

And then this past season 89 tackles, ONLY 33 of which were SOLO.

IN 2007 his last full season Chaney had 89 tackles with 35 which were solo tackles

Compare that to Sean Weatherspoon who had 107 tackles, 67 which were solo (that’s great)

Pat Angerer only had 41 solo tackles, this year but that was out of the 135 tackles he had. And Angerer you might be able to get in the 5th round. And there in lies my hesitation with Chaney. He’s not a 2nd round prospect, to me. Do I like him more than Angerer? Yes, but he’ll cost more (probably a lot) Too.

It seems more and more like Chaney is going to be a second round pick, which I just think is too high

I’d rather wait and see if you can steal Navorro Bowman, Brandon Spikes, or Sean Lee in the third round.

Final Verdict (Via He also greatly enhanced his draft stock; perhaps an eventual undrafted free agent had he failed to secure a medical redshirt, Chaney can now be expected to go off the board somewhere in rounds four and five in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Jamar Chaney is a player, to me that is like Carlos Dunlap. Pretty productive, elite athletic ability, but something just doesn’t sit right. If the Giants draft either player you just say “well….hopefully we got the boom and not the bust” because that’s all you can do. You can’t necessarily blame a G.M. for taking a risk like that because isn’t not like their production was bad, just not great.

I think Chaney’s value is higher than it should be. I think there is going to be someone who reaches for this guy in the second round and I hope that’s not the Giants.

ESPN Scouts Inc said he was probably an undrafted free agent before the combine and his pro day. National Football Post didn’t have him rated that high either (5th, 6th round range maybe).

And from the National Football Post scouting report is what only heightens my worry.

“consistently sees his angles get outrun into space”.

I just think there’s something not right with the way Jamar Chaney plays football, and I’m not a fan of him in the second round.

That’s not to say I don’t want him on the Giants.

1st round,  no Chance. 2nd round, Pass. Third round, Sure. Fourth Round. I’m on board.. Fifth or  Sixth Round run to the podium.

What do you guys think?  You don’t have to agree with me. There’s a lot to  like about Chaney…who out there really likes this guy?

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One Response to “Prospect Profiles: ILB Jamar Chaney (Mississippi State)”

  1. Jason C. says:

    Chaney is the kind of linebacker I could go for, what round do you think would be reasonable to get him at? I’m thinking 4th or 5th, problem is, we draft a guy like this, sign a free agent, now we have to cut someone loose. Is it Kehl or Wilkinson, or do they NOT sign a FA? So many questions at this one position, especially for a team who otherwise is set barring a few draft pick fill ins.

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