Prospect Profile: Jamar Chaney's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Mississippi State Jamar Chaney inside.

Jamar Chaney
School: Mississippi State
Position: Middle Linebacker
Height: 6-1
Weight: 241
Projected 40-Time: 4.65

Star Rating: Grade: 78
Draft Projection: 4th Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Chaney is one of the best interior linebackers in the draft.
Mississippi State Athletics

Strengths: Chaney is an athletic, physical linebacker who forces the action. He has good size and is strong at the point of attack. He’s aggressive, mixes it up with the opposition, flashes the ability to get through the trash and delivers punishing hits. He breaks down well in space against shifty runners and has sideline-to-sideline range. He gets good depth in coverage and shows discipline. He’s a great special teams player and works well with his teammates.

Weaknesses: He’s a tweener who has the quickness to play outside and the strength to play inside, but isn’t a big play defender. He gets lost in the shuffle and is slow to react to a play. He’s not used much as a pass rusher, and when he is, he doesn’t use his hands effectively and takes bad angles.

Steuber Says: Chaney has great versatility and can play inside or outside, but plays smaller than 240 pounds. He’s a smooth athlete and does things well, but struggles with the fine points on defense. He had a solid 2009 campaign and led Mississippi State in tackles with 90, and also contributed two sacks and two interceptions. He had a great performance at the Scouting Combine and is rising up teams draft boards. Chaney will receive late second round consideration, but will likely be a third round pick.

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