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Josh Chapman scouting report

Josh Chapman DT Alabama #99
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 316

Prototypical nose tackle. A big, physical presence in the middle of the defensive line; a true space-eater. Fairly quick off the snap for a big man. Has a powerful bull rush which requires the attention of two offensive linemen. Does a nice job using leverage to hold his ground at the point of attack. Gives an honest effort in pursuit, despite his lack of speed; rarely gives up on a play. Tough guy who played through torn ACL for much of senior year.
Limited athletically; won’t make plays in pursuit and will rarely get to the quarterback. Short and stocky; doesn’t have the height or the arm length to disrupt passing lanes and rarely even puts in the effort. Fairly easily slowed down by double teams; lacks the elite size or strength to consistently plow through into the backfield. Suffered a torn ACL which required surgery in January, 2011. Missed entire 2007 season with shoulder injury (redshirted).
Chapman is intriguing due to his size, and he can definitely play nose tackle at the next level, but he lacks the elite measurables to warrant a high pick. While he does have the strength to take on multiple blockers, he struggles to shed blocks and become disruptive in the backfield. He’s the type of player that does everything reasonable well, but nothing great and has a limited ceiling as a result. Assuming his knee checks out, he’s a very safe mid-round pick, but may only be a backup in the NFL.
2010 season 
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