Jayson Braddock has the word that Alabama nose tackle Josh Chapman is set to visit with the Kansas City Chiefs, a team definitely looking around for young options to add in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft along the defensive interior. They’ve already visited with Dontari Poe and Michael Brockers, so taking a closer look at Chapman makes sense.
Wes Bunting has Chapman as his seventh best available defensive tackle in the class and writes, “Has the making of a starting caliber nose at the next level in either a 3-4 and 4-3 front. Can consistently anchor on contact, is long armed and tough to move off the football. Also, is a better pass rusher than given credit for. Will likely fall because of medical concerns, but could be a real bargain because of it.”
Frank Cooney agrees and writes, “Previously, one of the questions about him was whether he had the dedication to be the best he could be. And when he is healthy, his best is impressive. Chapman is a short, stout, strongman who is especially good against the run. He plays with a powerful base and uses his strong arms and hands to discard blockers.”
Chapman certainly brings championship experience and should be well-coached coming from Nick Saban’s team. That would add a solid player along the line that already has Jerrell Powe from last year’s draft class and several other versatile linemen like Allen Bailey and Amon Gordon. Kelly Gregg’s return is also a possibility.
[Thanks to @Jason_Madson for the news tip]