Photo of Chris Whaley
5.05 ?
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/8" Arm Length
  • 269LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands


2013: Played and started nine games before suffering season-ending knee injury. Became first defensive lineman in Texas history to have two defensive touchdowns in one season. 2012: Played in all 13 games and started nine. 2011: Played in all 13 games and started one. 2010: Played in all 12 games but did not start. 2009: Redshirted.



Good size-speed ratio and overall athletic ability. Is fairly athletic and light on his feet to slant, stunt and shoot gaps. Flashes disruptive ability behind the line of scrimmage. Hardworking.


Marginal processing speed and reactive quickness -- guesses too much and is late to find the ball. Not stout -- is too easily rooted out of holes. Very green hand use -- has no plan. Lacks functional playing strength to handle the double team. Inconsistent effort. Gets pinballed too easily. Modest production.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

Similar to former Longhorns DT Henry Melton, Whaley is a converted running back who outgrew the position and flipped to the other side of the ball. Whaley is still very raw and inexperienced and will require patience to develop. Is coming off season-ending knee surgery and could take additional time to be ready. Developmental project with intriguing upside.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.