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.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy