Patrick Chung

Strong Safety Oregon 5-11 3/8, 212, 

4.49, 25 Reps, 34", 9'7", 4.24 SS

Chung 2008

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Minicamp:

Here is an well written article about Chung.

My Review Of Patrick Chung:

Post-Draft:

Patrick Chung is a very physical SS. I have been comparing him to Brandon Meriweather, so you know I liked him before the Draft. He is slightly bigger and slightly more physical than Meriweather. He is very intelligent player who called signal for Oregon, and set the defense. He was the clear cut leader and the guy who calmed things down when everyone was scrambling a little. He is a super leader, teammate, and obviously loves football. He is also super tough and an excellent aggressive tackler. He is always at his best when he is moving forward towards the ball. He looks more like a Free Safety, but he plays like a Strong Safety. He is better in pass coverage than super aggressive SS usually are. he showed at the Senior Bowl that he could cover WR in the slot. He wasn't great in the coverage drills, but he showed he could stay with WR better than I thought he could. He is by know means a CB, but was did display the best cover skills of all the Strong Safety prospect. Minimally, he certainly proved to me he could cover the Tight Ends down the seam. He also covered TE a lot at Oregon, and seemed to relish the role. However, I like him best in a zone, where he can see the QB. He is always at his best when he is moving and looking forward at the QB. He is well experienced in a two-deep zone, and does a nice job playing center field. He is an excellent blitzer, and is actually better as a run blitzer, like Bob Sanders, than as a regular QB blitzer.  He is strong tackler and loves to hit ball carriers, and his big hits can be contagious to the defense. He was a clear leader on the Oregon defense. Teammates just rallied around him. He is very aggressive, and always looked best to me when he was playing up in the box like Rodney Harrison. In fact (let me put on my Mr. Pat Homer hat), his best comparison maybe a cross between Meriweather and Harrison. He will be starting at Strong Safety over James Sanders before the season is over. I thought one of the three open position for a rookie would be as a starting replacement for Sanders, who I think is most productive as the third Safety. The Sanders is on the field the more his lack of speed is exposed. Sanders has looked the best when he was the third guy. getting him back in that role was a need for this defense. Chung is already better in coverage than Sander, or rather since he is a rookie, come September he has learned some of the system, he will be better in coverage than Sanders. he is also a Special Teams maven, and has some extra value as a returner, though he is good not great as a returner.            

BB During the Draft:

"Chung was an outstanding player there at Oregon. I think he does a lot of things well. He plays the run. Man-to-man coverage. Deep part of the field. Had a good Senior Bowl. Smart kid, that made a lot of the calls and checks in the secondary, and I think he had a good feel for the game."

BB Saturday night after Day One:

"The first pick, Patrick Chung, the kid has had a lot of production at Oregon. [Hes] a good solid player. I think he does everything pretty well. He plays the run, plays the pass, man coverage, had a real good Senior Bowl, good in the kicking game. So hes a strong player on all three levels of the field [and] on special teams."

"I think Chung is a player who you could really see him do just about everything that you would want to see. He played close to the line of scrimmage; there are times that he covered tight ends from off. He would go up and press them on the line of scrimmage and cover them in some of their nickel defenses, play in the deep part of the field, deep middle, deep half, support the run both in the free safety position and strong safety position. He played some, like I said, rover nickel back position. You certainly had the opportunity to see him do a lot of things in Oregon. They also, defensively, had a fairly sophisticated [and] complex system where they checked defenses a lot based on formations, motion and things like that. You could see a lot of the movement and communication going on back there. He was a big part of that and really helped quarterback the secondary and that type of thing. I think you could see him do a lot on college tape, probably more so than most players that we evaluated at that position. Given the passing game in that conference, and what he was asked to do, and also the sophistication of their defense. They make quite a few adjustments and communication calls back there."

 

Pre-Draft:

Chung reminds me of Brandon Meriweather. He is another slightly undersized Safety, who has the athleticism to play Free Safety, but plays like a Strong Safety. He is always looking to move forward and hit. He is a great physical player, for his size, who just loves to hit, and can have the spectacular hit that is on TV ten times before the night is through. Chung ran a 4.24 in the Short Shuttle at his Proday, and that is Deion Branch type quickness. He has good balls skills and the speed to play Center Field, but is at his best when he is allowed to attack. Chung is the type of guy you want on your team. He was that knack for always seeming to be around the ball. No Safety in this this Draft has better change of direction quickness than Chung. I think he can play a little CB in a pinch, but he is not a CB, I think he has better cover skills than given credit for, but even I can't see him playing CB full time. I do think he can step down as a Nickel Corner for a game or two when injuries strike, but any more than that and you are asking for trouble. 

What are your thoughts on safety, Delmas, Chung? Well the page is cool, keep up the good work. Bob.

Okay, I will not be brief here;-) I love both Delmas and Chung, but I don't see the Pats taking either player. Okay, don't get mad at me, but Bob Sanders is a great player. I know he is a dreaded Colt's player, and Patriots nemesis, but he is a great player. I have been comparing Louis Delmas to Bob Sanders. Now Sanders has better speed (I think the little freak actually ran a 4.3 at the Combine), and Delmas ran 4.5. However, his strength is, like Sanders, moving forward and assaulting anything and anybody with suicidal viciousness. His strength is his weakness, just like Sanders, he hits opponents with ferocity and without any regard for self-preservation. He will knock out opponents, and he will knock out himself, just like Sanders. This is a guy, who if he can stay healthy, and I don't see how that could be possible, could a defense changing All-Pro, just like Sanders. Chung reminds me of Brandon Meriweather. He is another slightly undersized Safety, who has the athleticism to play Free Safety, but plays like a Strong Safety. He is always looking to move forward and hit. He is a great physical player, for his size, who just loves to hit, and can have the spectacular hit that is on TV ten times before the night is through. Chung ran a 4.24 in the Short Shuttle at his Proday, and that is Deion Branch type quickness. He has good balls skills and the speed to play Center Field, but is at his best when he is allowed to attack. Chung is the type of guy you want on your team. He was that knack for always seeming to be around the ball. No Safety in this this Draft has better change of direction quickness than Chung. I think he can play a little CB in a pinch, but he is not a CB, I think he has better cover skills than given credit for, but even I can't see him playing CB full time. I do think he can step down as a Nickel Corner for a game or two when injuries strike, but any more than that and you are asking for trouble. Okay, now the problem, Rashard Johnson. Rashard Johnson is a Saban special. He raves about this guy. I just don't see anyway the Pats get through the 2nd Round without taking Johnson, period. If you take Johnson at say 57, you won't take Delmas at 34, or Chung at 49, and I don't either player lasting much longer than 34 and 49 respectively. However, I think if they come out of the 2nd Round with either of the three, I will be ecstatic.   

Has a great reputation, but didn't seem to stand out when I watched him play. A big hitter who has a knack for being around the ball. Reminds me of Brandon Meriweather, in that he plays like a SS in a FS body.