Photo of Josh Chapman
Grade
83.7 ?
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 316LBS. Weight
  • 11 7/8" Hands

Overview

Chapman has been a consistent presence for Nick Saban's defense as a two-down nose tackle. Though his stats will not stand out, as is the case with most effective nose tackles in the 3-4 defense, Chapman is the large bowling ball that keeps the Alabama defense rolling. He is able to stuff lanes inside and keep his talented linebackers free to make plays. While he doesn't flash anything special, he will provide a consistent and dependable inside presence for an NFL 3-4 defense and should expect to be taken in the second round.

Analysis

Strengths

Chapman is an average athlete for his size, but he knows how to use his incredible strength and frame to clog lanes and play his role within a defense. He isn't going to make plays against the run or as a pass rusher, but his presence undoubtedly allows the linebackers at Alabama to play free and make plays on the ball. He is a strong, secure tackler and is very effective when getting double teamed -- although he is effective at keeping lanes clogged when needed. He is a smart player who understands his role. The athletic ability and balance he displays at his size is what makes him such an effective space-eating nose tackle.

Weaknesses

Chapman rarely makes plays on the ball. Though he will make a tackle on a run play when given the opportunity, Chapman often looks as if he fully understands his clogging role and doesn't strive to do much else. He has issues when rushing the passer and has some trouble squeezing the pocket using athletic ability; his production usually comes from his strength. Although he can take on a double team, it is uncommon for him to beat it and make a play. Chapman will also move off the line of scrimmage slowly when tired. He will need to work on his overall conditioning to have value in the NFL beyond being a two-down player.
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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.
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