Wednesday, February 8, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 4:39 AM
JAMAR CHANEY: Mississippi State, 6006 241 4.58. Three-year starter. Missed the 2008 season with a broken ankle. Classic shuffle linebacker that moves with precision but not extremely fluid. Takes false steps on initial read and react and wastes movement in his deliberate reactions. Not a great take on guy. Does not use his hands well to take on blocks and lacks explosiveness. Lacks the bulk to hold up versus an offensive lineman getting to the second level or a lead blocker. Active in pursuit and covers a lot of ground. OK change of direction but lacks good balance and is not sudden in transition. Shows some cover skills and zone awareness. Good break and drive on the throw. Good range in coverage. Takes good angles in pursuit. Active and productive. Makes plays. Slashes downhill and blows up play at times. Keeps leverage on the ball. Fringe instincts. If he sees it, it registers then reacts. May be a weakside run and hit linebacker only. Will contribute on special teams. Better in zone coverage than man to man. Has courage and some tools to play on Sunday. Had a 10-2 broad jump, 39-inch vertical jump, 1.57/10, and a 6.90/3 cone. Our top rated athletic inside linebacker at the Combine. Finished his career with 288 tackles, 16 for loss, 4 1/2 sacks, and 6 passes broken up. OSR:1/15. Third/fourth round. (A-33 1/2, H-9 7/8, BP-26, SS-4.32).