Chase Minnifield   CB   Virginia     

TALENT BOARD

 Round 3


STRENGTHS

Chase has decent size and speed to play his position in the NFL.  He has long arms and legs that will help him against the taller receivers in the red zone.  He shows good feet and can turn and run with the bigger receivers.  Chase is solid as a zone cornerback and has some single coverage skills that can be improved, allowing Chase to become a starting cornerback in the NFL.  Chase has good balance and right now, his techniques are solid.  He understands situational football and does a good job communicating with his teammates.  He is what I call a "drag down tackler" and for a defensive back, that is not a bad thing.

 

CONCERNS

Chase has good techniques for a zone cover corner, but his technique in single coverage relies too much on him guessing what is going to happen and not reading and reacting to what is happening.  I believe Chase doesn't have confidence in his own abilities.  He know that he lacks make-up speed, so he tries to guess where the play is going.  At the college level, this is not a problem; however, at the next level, he will get beat like a drum in zone coverage and single coverage.  He also must get stronger.  He is a decent tackler but not strong enough for the next level.  If you want to be a drag down tackler, you had better be strong.  Chase has talent, he just has to be willing to improve and realize what that talent is and gain some confidence in his game. 

 

BOTTOM LINE

This is a case of a player being told that he is better than he is.  The problem is, Chase wants to be good, but knows right now that he is playing with a lot of smoke and mirrors.  Chase has decent talent -- talent as good as most starting NFL corners right now.  What he doesn't have is elite talent.  He has to learn how to read wide receivers in single coverage as well as how to muscle them off their routes and how to look back, lean and move his man off his route.  He has to get some experience in raking the ball out of a receiver's grasp before it's brought down and tucked away.  He also has to gain confidence in those techniques and not give up on them so that he doesn't have to guess what the route is to make an interception.  He must read the route and anticipate where the likelihood of the route will take a receiver (because of good film work) and not guess.  He can do all of this and, when he does, he can be a solid cornerback for the team that drafts him or for the team he signs with in free agency.  Right now, he can help in nickel-dime coverage and special teams as he learns his craft and becomes a stronger tackler.

 

 The BS Detector 

 Drew Boylhart  Feb /12