NFL Draft Profile – NT Josh Chapman


JOSH CHAPMAN/NOSE TACKLE

Personal

Name – Joshua Chapman

Born – June 10, 1989 in Hoover, Alabama.

Physical

  • Height – 6-feet, 1-inch.
  • Weight – 316 pounds.
  • Arm – 32 inches.
  • Hand – 11 7/8 inches.
  • Wingspan – 76 1/8 inches.

NFL Combine

Chapman did not take part in the physical drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis as he was still recovering from knee surgery after the national championship game.

Hometown

Hoover, Alabama is the largest suburb of Birmingham, sitting due south of the city. In the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was estimated at just more than 81,000. The largest employer in Hoover is Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama.

High School

Chapman was a member of the class of 2007 at Hoover High School. One of two high schools in the city, Hoover’s enrollment is over 2,600 students. The Buccaneers football team was featured in the MTV show Two-A-Days during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

Hoover is one of the most storied schoolboy football programs in the country, featured on ESPN and in Sports Illustrated. Under head coach Rush Propst, the Bucs won four straight 6A state titles and five in six years (2000-02-03-04-05). In his three years on the varsity at Hoover, Chapman was part of teams that went 42-3, winning a pair of state titles and losing in the championship game his senior season.

2006 – The Bucs went 13-2 and lost in the state title game to Prattville. Chapman had 100 total tackles, 23 TFL, 2 sacks and an interception. He was named to the first team All-Alabama defense and received first team status from the Birmingham News newspaper.

2005 – A big 56-14 victory over Daphne High gave Hoover a state title, their fourth consecutive. The Bucs had a 14-1 record, with Chapman providing 98 total tackles, 20 TFL and 10 sacks.

2004 – In his first chance for significant playing time, Chapman was part of a 15-0 state championship team that beat Prattville 22-7 in the title game. He had 65 tackles and 6 sacks.

Track

Chapman excelled throwing the discus in high school. In 2006, he finished second in the Alabama state championships with a career long toss of 170-feet, 9 inches. The next year, he finished fourth in the state championships with a throw of 152-feet, 11 inches.

Recruiting

The Rivals scouting service rated him a 3-star prospect, the No. 12 player in Alabama and No. 32 defensive tackle in the nation. They had him at 6-1, 280 pounds with a 360 lbs bench press and 28 reps at 225 pounds. The Scout service rated him a 3-star recruit, No. 33 in the country.

For most of his senior season, Chapman was committed to Auburn and head coach Tommy Tuberville. Alabama coach Mike Shula and his staff didn’t recruit him. When Nick Saban showed up as head coach of the Crimson Tide, he began recruiting Chapman, who remembers it as a very confusing time.

“It was crazy,” Chapman said. “It was like, ‘God, I don’t know if I want to go here or go there’. I was committed to Auburn for a long time. When (Saban) came in, I just felt he was going to start something new, and I wanted to start something new from going from high school up and to see what I could be successful at, and I made the right choice.”

He signed his letter of intent with Alabama on February 6, 2007.

College

Chapman graduated in May 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences that he earned in four years.

Playing over five different seasons for the Crimson Tide and head coach Nick Saban, he earned second-team All-SEC honors as a senior.

2011 – Despite suffering a torn knee ligament near midseason, Chapman only missed one game due to the injury. Rather than undergo surgery, he sat out a game and then wore a brace on the knee while playing in every game the rest of the season.

2010 – With Terrance Cody gone to the NFL, he started 13 games, started 12 times. He the football program’s Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman of the Year. Chapman had 31 tackles for the No. 10-ranked rushing defense at 110.2 per game.

2009 – After big DT Terrance Cody transferred into the Tide program from the junior college ranks, Chapman became his backup, playing all 13 games in Alabama’s run to the national championship.

2008 – He played in 11 games, making 2 starts; 33 percent of his snaps came on run downs.

2007 – Chapman played in the season’s first three games and then suffered an injury that ended his season. He was granted a medical redshirt for the season.

Year

G/S

Tk

TFL

SKs

QH

PBU

FF

Rec.

2011

12/11

23

3.5

1

0

2

1

12-1*

2010

13/12

31

3.5

1

0

2

0

10-3*

2009

13/0

17

2.5

.5

0

0

0

14-0*

2008

11/2

16

4

0

1

0

0

12-2*

2007

3/0

1

0

0

0

0

0

7-6*

Total

52/25

88

13.5

2.5

1

4

1

55-12

*-BCS Title Game (2011), Capital One Bowl (2010), BCS Title Game (2009), Sugar Bowl (2008), Independence Bowl (2007).

Video

Chapman vs. LSU: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adgP1Jqhokw

Pre-season interview 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqj4hEi3iKE&feature=related

What Josh Chapman said

“Playing in the SEC you are going to get the fastest guys, the strongest guys and were trying to make the SEC the brand of college football and at Alabama we want to make our team the brand of how college football should be played.”

“One thing you have to do is learn how to fight through a lot of things. I learned it’s not just about playing through injuries, but different circumstances on the field.”

What they said about Josh Chapman

“The way we play defense, when you play the 3-4, if they can single block the nose you’ve got issues. And Josh Chapman does a fabulous job. He’s strong. What I love about this guy is he’s got a wonderful personality. You talk about a football junkie. He’ll read every guy up front and know in the game every time they’re going to pull, every time it’s a pass, every time it’s a run. He calls it out in practice all the time.” Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

“I feel like he’s one of the most underrated defensive linemen in the country. Sometimes we get the play in a little late, and he sees the signals and he calls the defense for me. He gets the front set up so I don’t have to set those guys up, then turn around with the secondary and everything. He also does a real good job in giving us run-pass keys.” Alabama LB Don’t'a Hightower.

“Everybody calls Chap ‘The Boss’ because what he says goes. When we’re messing up in practice, he’ll say, ‘Come on, I’m tired of doing these extra reps,’ because he’s getting so tired.” More Hightower.

“Josh Chapman is a leader, an intense player who knows how to dominate his position. He’s not going to woo you in stats with a lot of sacks and all that. That’s not what he does. He’s a gap-control, big, strong defensive lineman who holds the point in the defense.” Former Hoover High School head coach Rush Propst.

Evaluation

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.

Deficient- He 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.

Analysis – For any team that plans to play the old-school 3-4 defensive scheme, a nose tackle is paramount to making it work. Chapman is a prototype for the position. At the end of a game his statistic sheet might be blank, but he could have been the most important defensive player on the field. On the college level he required double-team blocking. If he continues his growth as a player, he’ll be a factor in the NFL for a long time.

What the scouts say

An AFC scout – “He’s big and broad, but he’s not very athletic. More savvy centers are going to take advantage of him with good leverage.”

Another AFC scout – “I’m not sure if he should drop weight to get a bit more quickness or gain weight so he becomes immovable. There’s a nose tackle in there somewhere and if he gets with the right d-line coach and coordinator, they could make effective use of him.

Does he fit with the Chiefs?

Oh my yes, he would be the big mountain of a nose tackle that the Chiefs have not had since they went back to the 3-4 scheme in 2009. There is little in his resume that doesn’t get the Chiefs excited. He is serious about football, dedicated, tough and dedicated to the game. He’s never been a problem off the field that we can find. He’s also intelligent and willing to do the work watching tape.


One Response to “NFL Draft Profile – NT Josh Chapman”

  • March 8, 2012  - Michael says:

    Another one of my favorites, I’d like to see the Chiefs land, especially if as expected he’s there in the 3rd round.




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