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Kam Chancellor

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 231 | College: Virginia Tech
 
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Overview

Chancellor is a versatile athlete who came to Virginia Tech as a quarterback and has since seen playing time at cornerback, rover and free safety. Chancellor's rare combination of size and athleticism earned him playing time in 13 games as a true freshman and a combined 28 starts as a sophomore and junior.

Still an ascending athlete, Chancellor made the transition from rover (similar to strong safety) to free safety as a junior and struggled at times with the move. He was more consistent in his second season at the position, but lacks the range and ball-skills (six interceptions in 54 career games) teams want deep.

In the NFL, Chancellor will likely move back to strong safety and thereby closer to the line of scrimmage where his size and heavy hitting (208 career tackles) could result in more big plays.

Analysis

Read & React: Improving read-and-react skills. Reads the quarterback's eyes and times collisions with receivers. Highly aggressive in run support, and as such can be beaten deep against good play-action.

Man Coverage: Chancellor struggles with his turn-and-run flexibility, especially when you consider he's a former cornerback. Can be too high in his backpedal. Good straight-line speed, but loses a step in transition due to his long legs and marginal hip flexibility. Not as effective with his back to the quarterback.

Zone Coverage: Developing instincts as a free safety. Locates the ball quickly and can drive on it. Potential to be a good zone defender due to his instincts, straight-line speed and tackling ability, but remains an unfinished product.

Closing/Recovery: Takes good angles to the ball. Accelerates smoothly. Good closing speed. Can plant his foot and drive on the ball. Times his leap well and competes for the ball. Only adequate hands for the interception.

Run Support: Good in run support and will take on blocks. Long arms and good lateral agility to disengage. Seems to enjoy the physicality of the game. Willing to throw his body around and can drag down ballcarriers with his long arms.

Tackling: Physical tone-setter in the middle and can be an intimidating presence. Typically a wrap-up tackler. Breaks down well in space to make the open-field tackle.

Intangibles: Might have to move to strong safety in the NFL. Will be trying to reverse the running trend of highly touted Virginia Tech defensive backs who have struggled to acclimate to the NFL. Rare strength for the position. Led all Tech defensive backs with a 355-pound bench press as a freshman.

NFL Comparison: Roy Williams

Career Notes

Entering 2009: Chancellor had 140 career tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions in 41 career games.

2009 Season

Appeared much more comfortable in his second spring practice at free safety … Started every game at the position in 2008, adjusting as he went along … Capped the season with a tremendous outing in the Orange Bowl … Played on a consistently high level during the spring, becoming a good communicator and leader … Will be playing the same position for more than one season for the first time in his Tech career … A physical specimen at 6-foot-4, 224 pounds … Is fast, athletic and packs a wallop … Moved into the starting free safety job for the 2008 season after spending his sophomore season as Tech's rover … Has started 28 consecutive games since the start of the 2007 season. Chancellor finished third on the team with 68 total tackles/26 solo, 3 tackles for loss and 2 interceptions in 2009.

2008 Season

Ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 52 … Played all 67 defensive downs against East Carolina with three tackles … Forced a fumble in the Furman game … Had another forced fumble against Georgia Tech, along with 11 tackles … Caused an interception and posted two tackles in the UNC game … Picked up four tackles at Nebraska and four more against WKU … Intercepted a pass and collected three tackles at BC … Registered five tackles in the FSU game … Had four tackles and a breakup against Maryland … Recovered a fumble, broke up a pass and was in on a pair of tackles at Miami … Was in on five tackles in the Duke game … Contributed four tackles against Virginia … Posted three tackles in the ACC title game win against Boston College … Intercepted a pass and broke up two others during Tech's win over Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl … Earned Super Iron Hokie honors during offseason testing, leading the defensive backs in the bench press (380) clean (326) and jerk (300) … Received the President's Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership during the offseason program and spring workouts … Returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in one of the spring scrimmages … His jarring tackle forced a fumble that was returned for a TD in the Maroon-White game.

2007 Season

Earned the starting job at rover … Played over 850 downs on defense … Also saw action on the kick block teams … Had six tackles in the opener and nine at LSU … Added four more in the Ohio game … Broke up a pass and was in on a tackle during limited action against W&M … Made a crucial fumble recovery in Tech's own end zone against UNC to record a touchback … Also contributed six tackles and a pass break up … Picked up seven tackles while playing all 90 defensive downs at Clemson … Was in on two tackles against Duke … Contributed six tackles, a shared sack and an interception at Georgia Tech … Posted nine tackles against Florida State … Had four tackles, two hurries and a pass break up against Miami … Was in on four tackles at Virginia … Collected eight tackles and broke up a pass in the ACC Championship game against BC … Contributed seven tackles and broke up two passes in the Orange Bowl game … Finished the season with 79 total tackles, seven pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and one interception … Earned Super Iron Hokie honors during winter workouts … Moved to free safety prior to spring practice … Set up a field goal with a 55-yard interception return in the spring Maroon-White game … Received the President's Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership during the off-season and spring programs.

2006 Season

Worked at quarterback before moving to cornerback prior to the season opener … Saw 33 plays at field corner during the Northeastern game … Had a pair of tackles and broke up a pass … Also played 13 plays on special teams … Intercepted a pass at UNC … Also broke up a pass and added a tackle … Turned in 16 defensive plays and 13 special teams plays in the Duke game … Recorded a pair of tackles … Picked up 15 plays on special teams … Was in on 18 special teams plays against Georgia Tech … Saw brief duty at corner back against Southern Miss … Picked up four plays at corner and 12 on special teams in Clemson win, contributing a tackle in each capacity … Saw action on defense and special teams against Kent State and Wake Forest … Played 13 special teams downs in the Virginia game … Was forced into action at cornerback in the bowl game against Georgia after starter Brandon Flowers went down with an injury … Had a solo tackle in the game … Played in all 13 games, posting nine tackles, two pass breakups and an interception … Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in the weight room … Led the defensive backs with a 355-pound bench press.

High School

Passed for over 2,000 yards and rushed for 500 his senior season for Coach Dealbert Cotton at Maury … Team finished 10-2 after losing in the Group AAA Division 5 playoffs … During one of the playoff games, he rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 224 yards and two more TDs … Also played safety for Maury … Was team MVP … Named the first-team all-Eastern District quarterback … Earned second-team all-Tidewater accolades from The Virginian Pilot … Missed half of his junior season with a thumb injury … Returned to throw for 1,000 yards … Passed for 369 yards in a game against Granby … Rated as the No. 27 pro-style quarterback in the nation by rivals.com … Listed as the No. 20 player in his state by rivals.com in its final state rankings … Rated the No. 21 player in Virginia by SuperPrep … Ranked the No. 21 player in the state by The Roanoke Times in its postseason list … Played on the basketball team.

Personal

Kameron Darnel Chancellor … Born April 3, 1988 in Norfolk, Virginia … Son of Karen Lambert … Enrolled in university studies.

 
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04/25/2010 - A closer look at the Hawks' picks: Round 5/133 -- Kam Chancellor SS, 6-2, 232, Virginia Tech: A former high school quarterback, Chancellor played free safety and corner at Virginia Tech but is expected to play strong safety for Seattle.

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