Virginia Tech Senior
PROS: Has good size with good speed and range. Moves well in space. Quick to come up and defend the run and fairly natural working in the box. Has good closing burst on the ball which makes him a formidable hitter. Does a nice job wrapping up and can make stops in the open field. Can be an enforcer over the middle. Does best work when he can keep things in front on him on shorter zones, with the burst and ability to read quarterback and make a play on the ball. Shows some ability as a press corner.
CONS: Not always a heady defender. Struggles in coverage, especially when he lines up against slot receiver because of poor hips and burst. Gives too much contact when working in man coverage and will be susceptible to flags. Overpursues at times and takes some poor angles to the ball. Doesn't always break down as a tackler and will miss some stops in the open field on occasion.
OVERVIEW: A three-year starter that played both safety spots and cornerback during his Tech career, after starting out as a quarterback before his freshman year. He played free safety this past year, but is probably a better fit at strong safety on the next level. Chancellor is one of those players that usually was up and down during his career, showing ball skills and range in some games, and then in others looking lost. Appeared more consistent as a senior. Combined for 6 career picks and 19 passes defended.
NFL FORECAST: Chancellor is not the smart, consistent cover guy you want quarterbacking your defense. He needs work in coverage, but I think with his size and athleticism has the ability to match up with tight ends as a strong safety. But he's best working in the box. He could convert to linebacker, but he'd be a work in progress there as he hasn't shown the ability to shed blockers when he's working in the box. So he's probably a few years from being a competent starter there, and he'll have to play in a scheme that allows him to play in space and chase the ball. But I think if he can be coached up and made into a more consistent option, he'll be a better safety even with his coverage limitations. I don't think he'll ever be a great coverage guy, but if he plays with a smart free safety, then I think he can be an above average to good strong safety that will make his money playing the run. It's not from a lack of ability, but it's more discipline that limits him. And while he'll never be great in man coverage, his range, size, and speed can allow him to develop into a capable zone defender.
ATL FORECAST: Chancellor is a similar player to William Moore and thus there really isn't a lot of room for two of those types of players on the roster. He's not as disciplined as Moore is so it's doubtful he would surpass him. And as a linebacker, he would be a decent reserve in the Falcons 4-3 scheme, but doesn't have the coverage potential or size potential to really like his chances playing in the box on a full-time basis. Basically, whether it's at linebacker or safety he would just be a backup in Atlanta.
VALUE: For a team looking for a big, rangy strong safety and has some patience to develop him, he would make a nice late second round pick. But he's a safer pick in the third round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
BALL SKILLS: 3.0
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