From Joe Fortenbaugh and Wes Bunting:
Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor had a private workout with coaches from the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, according to a league source.
The 6’3”, 226-pound safety recorded 65 tackles (24 solo) and two interceptions for the 10-3 Hokies in 2009. Chancellor racked up 204 tackles and six interceptions during his four-year career at Virginia Tech.
In addition to yesterday’s session with the Chiefs, Chancellor is scheduled to work out for the New England Patriots on March 26.
When ranking priorities, addressing the secondary has to be near the top of the list for a Chiefs team that has lost 12 or more games in each of the past three years.
In addition, Kansas City has ranked 22nd or worse in passing defense and 28th or worse in scoring defense in each of the past two seasons.
Let’s turn to NFP Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting for the lowdown on Chancellor:
Chancellor is a physical, downhill safety who takes good angles toward the ball and consistently closes on the play. He has an intimidating presence in the secondary and displays the power to disengage the ball from his man on contact. He generates good power and speed in pursuit and wraps up well on contact. He isn’t fluid in his drop and looks stiff when asked to open up his hips and cover ground downfield. He is more of a straight-line athlete who struggles to quickly redirect out of his breaks and can be targeted when left alone in space downfield. He has a tendency to stop moving his feet on play fakes and lacks the range to make up for a false step. ??
But he’s patient in zone coverage and does a good job diagnosing pass plays and using the sideline as an extra defender. Overall, he’s good looking athlete with natural pop and good straight-line speed for his size. But he struggles to change directions and allows receivers too often to get behind him. Chancellor doesn’t look like a guy who has the fluidity and range to play in an NFL secondary, but he could make it as an in-the-box type of safety. ??