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Patrick Chung (SS)
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 212
College: Oregon
Conference: Pac-12
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
High School: Rancho Cucamonga
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Selected by: New England Patriots
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 2 (34)
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Pick Analysis: The Patriots pick up a tough, hard-hitting safety in Chung. Though he has some coverage deficiencies, Chung is a banger capable of serving as the enforcer in the Patriots' secondary. With Rodney Harrison unlikely to return, Chung clearly steps into his shoes.
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Overview

One of the strongest defensive backs in college football, the Kingston, Jamaica native has been a mainstay and one of the few bright spots on Oregon's defensive unit. He holds the distinction of starting more games than any defensive player in school history, having never come off the bench during his 51-game career.


Chung evolved into an exceptional leader by mastering the mental aspects of the game and grasping an understanding of the team's defensive objectives. He closed out his career ranking fourth in school annals with 384 tackles and placed sixth on the Ducks' record charts with 26 pass deflections.


Considered to be the team's best defensive back since the Alex Molden era (1992-95), Chung has also set several impressive marks in the training room. He posted the program's second-best bench press (345 pounds) in the 2008 winter testing, in addition to producing the Ducks' fifth-best power clean lift (324 lbs.) of all time among players in the secondary.


Chung's family came to the United States during his childhood, settling in California, where he went on to star at Rancho Cucamonga High School. The two-time first-team All-Baseline League pick was rated among top 90 prospects in California by Super Prep magazine after helping lead the Cougars to a 7-4 record his senior year.


He excelled at wide receiver and free safety in 2003, finishing as his team's second-leading tackler, recording 74 tackles while coming up with nine receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns. He posted eight or more tackles five times, including a season-high 12 vs. Alta Loma High during his final campaign. He also contributed two interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered two others.


Chung enrolled at Oregon in 2004, learning the system while competing on the scout team. On that squad, he was named Defensive Player of the Week for his performances in practice before the Oklahoma, UCLA and Arizona contests.


In 2005, the youngster garnered considerable national attention. He was named Pac-10 Conference Defensive Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News, as the magazine also chose him for their Freshman All-American squad. He received the Len Casanova Award as the team's best newcomer and was an All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention.


That year, Chung began his string of 51 consecutive starts, taking over at the Rover position. He ranked second on the team with 91 tackles (5 solos), as he caused a fumble and deflected five passes. He also had two interceptions and saw brief action as a kickoff returner. First stepping onto the collegiate practice field at the age of 16, he was difficult to pull off the field due to his insistence of playing on the majority of special teams in addition to the line of scrimmage.


With Chung firmly entrenched at Rover, the Ducks ranked 20th in the nation in pass defense for 2006. He was again named All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention, as he finished third on the team with 84 tackles (49 solos) that included 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and two sacks. He picked off four passes and batted down five other tosses. He also handled the brunt of the punt return duties, averaging 12.1 yards on 14 attempts that included one touchdown.


As a junior, Chung was named second-team All-American and first-team All-Pac 10 Conference. He received the Gordon E. Wilson Award, given to the team's top special teams player. He averaged 22.3 yards on nine kickoff returns while leading the Ducks with a career-high 117 tackles (71 solos), adding 7.5 stops for loss. He broke up nine passes and was credited with a pair of interceptions.


Chung garnered third-team All-American accolades in addition to making the All-Pac 10 Conference first-team for the second consecutive year in 2008. Along with offensive lineman Max Unger, the pair set the school record with 51 consecutive starting assignments. He had 92 tackles (58 solos) in 13 games, coming up with two sacks among his 6.5 stops for loss. He caused and recovered a fumble, batted down seven passes and returned his only interception 31 yards for a touchdown.


High School

Attended Rancho Cucamonga (Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Chris VanDuyk...Two-time first-team All-Baseline League pick...Rated among top 90 prospects in California by Super Prep magazine after helping lead the Cougars to a 7-4 record his senior year...Excelled at wide receiver and free safety in 2003, finishing as his team's second-leading tackler, recording 74 tackles while coming up with nine receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns...Posted eight or more tackles five times, including a season-high 12 vs. Alta Loma High during his final campaign...Also contributed two interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered two others.


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Analysis

Positives: Well-built, versatile athlete who has seen time at cornerback and as a returner. ... Flashes explosive hitting ability. ... Reads the action quickly and is seemingly always around the ball. ... Good lateral quickness, acceleration and smooth change-of-direction agility while in zone coverage. ... Attacks underneath routes and rarely allows the receiver to cross with the ball unscathed. ... Closes quickly on the ballcarrier. ... Receivers are cognizant of him when going over the middle. ... Quick enough to hang with receivers for a few seconds in the deep half. ... Among the more reliable open-field tacklers in the country and should be an excellent last line of defense at the NFL level. ... Accomplished blitzer. ... Few have Chung's ability to explode into ballcarriers while wrapping their arms securely. ... Whether deep in coverage or attacking the line of scrimmage, he limits the yards gained at the point he meets the ballcarrier. ... Consistently swarms to the ball. ... Durable, consistent performer. ... Instinctive defender. ... Should be a leader on defense and special teams.


Negatives: Questionable deep speed and is a bit shorter than scouts prefer because of their coverage duties against tight ends. ... Physical player who can get a bit grabby while in coverage, leading to some holding calls. ... Attacks the line or underneath routes too quickly, leaving room for the deep ball behind him. ... At his best facing the quarterback and running downhill toward the ball.


Injury Report

2009: Could not complete shuttle drills at the NFL Combine due to a right knee sprain.


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