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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Patriots select Patrick Chung with thier first pick

The Patriots have selected Safety Patrick Chung out of Oregon with thier first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Chung is 5'11 and 212 pounds. Most NFL Draft experts have Chung in thier Top 3 of safeties. He will join Meriweather and James Sanders in the safety rotation and could spell the end of the line for Rodney Harrison. He was also a special teams star for the Ducks and will see a lot of time there for the Pats.

Last year he was a second team all american. For his career he has 384 tackle (holy crap!) and 9 interceptions.

Below is what NFL Draftcountdown (the best Draft website) has to say about Chung:

Strengths:Good bulk...Very physical and aggressive...A reliable tackler who will deliver the big hit...Strong and tough...Has a burst to close...Does a fantastic job against the run...Fluid hips to turn and run...Good range...Decent hands and ball skills...Has a non-stop motor...Terrific instincts / awareness...Intense and competitive...Major special teams potential...Great work ethic...Durable...Has lots of experience against top competition...Team leader in every sense...Was super productive.

Weaknesses:Is a bit shorter than you'd prefer...Does not have great speed...Can be too aggressive at times...May have some trouble matching up with receivers in man coverage...Not a true deep middle safety...Has a tendency to overpursue...Can still do a better job of shedding blocks.

Notes:Was born in Kingston, Jamaica...Played soccer as a youngster and didn't get into American football until right before high school...Was only 16 years old when he started college...A four-year starter for the Ducks...Was a 2nd Team All-American in 2007...Named 1st Team All-Pac-10 as a junior and senior...Initially entered the 2008 NFL Draft after his junior season before reversing course and returning to Eugene...Was also a special teams ace for the Ducks and could make Pro Bowls at the next level based on that ability alone...Might be a bit of a free safety / strong safety 'tweener in that he plays like an in-the-box type but is built more like a coverage guy...Playmaker who is always around the action...Physical tools aren't amazing but they are adequate across the board and intangibles are top-notch...Will at the very least enjoy a long career as a backup but should not have any trouble earning a starting job...The type of player all good teams need.

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