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SS, Patrick Chung, Oregon

SS, Patrick Chung, Oregon

At A Glance
Position 1: Strong Safety Height: 5-11
Position 2: Free Safety Weight:  212
Class:  Senior Age:  
Projected Round:  2nd  40time:  4.49
Combine/Proday Results
Bench Reps:  25 Vertical:  34
20yd Split:  2.62 Broad Jump:  9'11"
10yd Split:  1.49 20yd Shuttle:  X
3 Cone Drill:  X  

Pros:  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.

Cons:   Questionable deep speed and is a bit shorter than scouts prefer because of their coverage duties against tight ends.

Styg's Broncos Fit:  If Denver is willing to overlook deep speed in a DB, Chung could be a tremendous value to them.  With experience at corner, FS, SS and even returning kicks, he brings a consistent, well-rounded package to the table along with some of the best tackling in the nation.  While he is a bit too aggressive to step immediately into a FS role in the NFL, he still has the range to eventually be a safe bet at the position, and could perform admirably as a SS.  His sure tackling is complemented by his explosive power, which makes even solid, wrap-up tackles from him a pretty good hitting experience.  Very aggressive in coverage, fights for the ball, but too willing to put his hands on the receiver, and may need to get more disciplined in that and other areas.  Shows solid leadership characteristics and a love of the game.  An excellent prospect.

Around MHR:

From "Getting Defensive":

He is a dynamic player who is plenty fast and is also a big hitter. Plus he can return punts, which is always nice!


Around SBNation:

From Scouting Report at Mocking the Draft:

 Chung has been a starter since his redshirt freshman season and his instincts and intelligence shows as much. Has been an all-conference performer his entire career. Loves to play near the line of scrimmage against the run. Adept at pass coverage, but lacks some speed. A rover in college who could struggle at first adapting to a "pure" position in the NFL. Will contribute immediately on special teams. Relentless player. Fun to watch.



More Highlights

Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:

  • Chung is a 51 game starter for the Oregon Ducks, which means that he has a ton of experience against the best QBs in the nation. He has a good football frame and unlike many safeties prospects, Chung likes to play the run -- tending to come in quickly to support it. He is a very good tackler inside the "box", but loses focus outside of it. Chung reads the quarterback's eyes well and has the speed (he ran an impressive 4.49 40s at the Combine) to be a very good cover man-to-man covering S. However, he does lack fluidity outside, but has good leadership skills.  [see more...]
  • Was born in Kingston, Jamaica...Played soccer as a youngster and didn't get into American football until right before high school...Was only 16 years old when he started college...A four-year starter for the Ducks...Was a 2nd Team All-American in 2007...Named 1st Team All-Pac-10 as a junior and senior...Initially entered the 2008 NFL Draft after his junior season before reversing course and returning to Eugene...Was also a special teams ace for the Ducks and could make Pro Bowls at the next level based on that ability alone...Might be a bit of a free safety / strong safety 'tweener in that he plays like an in-the-box type but is built more like a coverage guy...Playmaker who is always around the action...Physical tools aren't amazing but they are adequate across the board and intangibles are top-notch...Will at the very least enjoy a long career as a backup but should not have any trouble earning a starting job...The type of player all good teams need.  [see more...]
  •  Patrick Chung is one of the best safeties in America for the last four years. It is hard to find a more productive college safety. Chung has all of the skills that you want in a starting NFL safety - he is more than willing to deliver the big blow and has decent enough coverage ability. You would prefer a little bit more speed, but the type of production he provides is hard to beat. He still has some development left and is going to surprise many. He has a real chance to be the best safety in this class, and with limited downside, he is a deserving #1 rated safety.  [see more...]
  • Speed:    Doesn\'t have great deep or recovery. Closes on the ball quickly in the short area. Lack of great speed will limit him to playing only strong safety and not free safety.
    Agility:    Smooth changing direction in coverage. Moves well laterally, especially near the line of scrimmage against the run.   [see more...]
  • As a strong safety, he is a strong in-the-box presence, with good technique and takes sound angles.  As a free safety, he has good range although he is not a true center field type of safety.  He has the athleticism to cover tight ends and some slot wide receivers, however his man-to-man skills are not polished yet.  [see more...]
  •  Possesses a thick, muscular build with good upper and lower body power. Displays good instincts in the deep half and consistently reads and reacts quickly to plays. Is an explosive hitter with the ability to dislodge ball from carrier. A coordinated tackler in the open field who redirects cleanly and breaks down well in space. Can act as a fourth linebacker in the box.  [see more...]
  • Patrick Chung is a hard worker who plays the game with a lot of intensity. He diagnoses the action well, moves well laterally, and quickly locates the ball and attacks. He positions himself well and wraps up the opposition consistently. He's a strong defender in the box, explodes through a gap, and makes plays in the backfield. He takes good angles in coverage and has great ball skills.  [see more...]