Draft spotlight: Alabama NT Josh Chapman

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Josh Chapman (99) is pictured in the second half of an NCAA college football game against North Texas at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Josh Chapman (99) is pictured in the second half of an NCAA college football game against North Texas at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

JOSH CHAPMAN

POS: NT

School: Alabama

HT: 6-0 5/8

WT: 316

Arm length: 32 inches

40-yard dash: 5.04

Hometown: Hoover, Ala.

Key stats: He was selected as an honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly. He was second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and league coaches.

Here’s the next installment of the DRAFT SPOTLIGHT feature, which we’ll run periodically up to the NFL draft April 26-28 in New York.

According to the ProFootballTalk.com visit tracker (link below), the Falcons have kick the tires on Alabama nose tackle Josh Chapman.

He’s massive with a third to fourth round grade by Pro Football Weekly.

“He played at a high level on a national championship team,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. “So I think, I’d said all along for him, third to fifth round. Or fourth round. When you get to that particular point, there is not going to be a lot of guys who will be able to say, I can plug him in and he’s got experience at the college level in that (4-3) scheme.

“Chapman does have the ability to be a guy that you can figure into the mix pretty early in his career. I would said third or fourth round.”

Here’s a Q&A with Chapman:

Q: How did the championship game feel?

A: As a defensive player, it felt great. We had in our mindset just going out to prove we were the best team with the best defense. By doing that, we knew if we’d go out there and play to our standards, that those guys wouldn’t be able to move the football on us.

Q: You played on a torn ACL?

A: Yes sir.

Q: How?

A: Just had to keep rolling. . . It was difficult at the time. I knew when I found out my ACL was torn (verses) Florida. . . it had my mind down. But at the same time, there was a little stability in there, and they said I could fix it or keep on going.

Q: What feedback have you received from teams?

A: Just rehab hard, and they’ll get back to me.

Q: Do you fit best in a 3-4 or a 4-3?

A: Well, playing in a 3-4 defense, playing nose guard you’re right in the middle. But also, in our defense we just don’t play a 3-4. It looks like a 3-4, but I shift to a D-tackle sometime, so it’s nothing new. It’s just part of it. Coach Saban throws a lot of defenses at us, and it’s about you going out there doing your job and playing from three-technique, five-technique, two-eye or shade. I feel like I can play all across the board.

Q: Did you get enough credit for freeing up the linebackers?

A: I get my credit from my linebackers. I’m not the type that likes credit. Being down there, you get three guys on you, somebody is coming free. That’s one thing I know.

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ProFootballTalk.com’s visit tracker

Players that the Atlanta Falcons reportedly held a workout with, visited the team facility or both.

Alabama defensive tackle Josh Chapman.

Vanderbilt defensive end Tim Fugger.

Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green.

Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward. Click here for STORY.

South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram.

Montana defensive back Trumaine Johnson. Click here for STORY.

Cincinnati tight end Adrien Robinson.

California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz.

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson.

Illinois safety Tavon Wilson.

Falcons Draft Selections

The Falcons traded away their first and fourth round picks of the 2012 draft as part of the Julio Jones trade with the Cleveland Browns.

2nd Round (No. 55 overall)

3rd Round (No. 84 overall)

5th Round (No. 157 overall)

6th Round (No. 192 overall)

7th Round (No. 229 overall)

7th Round (Compensatory Selection, No. 249 overall)

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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37 comments Add your comment

Marcus

April 4th, 2012
6:47 am

Interesting … Due diligence is the rule of the day. I am not so sure if this is a definite area of need, considering DB, backup LB, OL.

Marcus

April 4th, 2012
6:47 am

..forgot DE as area of need. *shoulda had a V-8*

Wham-o

April 4th, 2012
7:11 am

He sounds like the prototypical 3-4 nose takle. Does this mean a future 3-4 defense?

AlanFalcon

April 4th, 2012
7:31 am

Anyone notice that we are looking at another injured college player (Peria Jerry), how has that one worked out.

Roger

April 4th, 2012
7:36 am

I don’t think its realistic to think we can draft a quality DE or LT where we pick in the draft other than a project which wont help us the upcoming year,
Its better to go with what we have in those positions and try to address the LT/DE in FA next year (unless something unexpected happens this year in FA) and or the draft.
TE/LB or a player like Josh would be a nice possibility!

Falcon_4_Life

April 4th, 2012
7:40 am

This would be a great pick late in the 3rd or moving up in the earlier to mid part of the 4th rd. Coach smith has said not moving to the 3-4, but that the team will mix in some 3-4 principles. I do hope with our 2nd we take best player available (ok not best QB LOL). Wouldn’t mind seeing us move up in the 2nd or very bottom of 1st if some that TD and Coach Smithy really like, (just do better than Baker). I think when TD moved up for baker he got nervous and knew we needed a LT, TD got in at the end of a run on LT instead of being one of the first to move up and grab a LT. Go back and look at that draft, The Falcons were one of the last teams to take an LT in the 1st rd. Baker not been a total bust, but his short arms have seemed to hurt him, and he has been injured a lot, its time to move on. Problem is we have no one to move on with. Mcneil seems to be to much of an injury risk or TD would have already brought him in. (might want to much money) Just my opinion

SCFalcon

April 4th, 2012
7:45 am

ACL injury, enough said……

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 4th, 2012
8:17 am

Wham-o – Coach Smith just keep saying that they will be more “multiple” on defense.

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Jimmy Crack

April 4th, 2012
8:34 am

Previously injured big men are draft killers.

coachx

April 4th, 2012
8:45 am

NT is a definite area of need of Mike Nolan wants to mix in 3-4 defensive fronts to give QBs some smoke mirrors with a variety of looks.

Peters, Babbineaux, and Jerry are all 4-3 style DTs.

However, this kid from Alabama is simply not a 3-4 NT. 6′0” is simply too short for the position unless he has the arm length of a man 6′6”. I’m all for drafting a 3-4 style NT but not this guy.

BOB

April 4th, 2012
9:28 am

According to the ProFootballTalk.com visit tracker (link below), the Falcons have kick the tires on Alabama nose tackle Josh Chapman.

Spellcheck, it only takes a second.

DC Dirty Bird

April 4th, 2012
9:37 am

Ok so he played the last 3-4 games of his college career on a torn ACL at a high level…..hmmmm maybe that’s the type of player we need on our team. Lastly, just because you get injured, it doesn’t mean you’re injury prone. Jerry is and was injury prone. At the end of the day, our 290 lb DT’s aren’t going to cut it.

DC Dirty Bird

April 4th, 2012
9:39 am

BOB, in DLed’s defense, spellcheck won’t catch that grammatical error. Be nice.

Supes

April 4th, 2012
9:53 am

He was a good player in college…but ACL injury…come on did we not learn from drafting P. Jerry? Stay away from anyone with a serious knee injury, with the small amount of draft picks we need sure things, not take a flier on a guy in the middle rounds of this year’s draft.

PMC

April 4th, 2012
9:58 am

Would like to have him in the fold I’d think.

nash

April 4th, 2012
10:12 am

I’m not a bama fan but I would love to see the falcons address the d-line in this draft

PMC

April 4th, 2012
12:01 pm

Eagles sign Demetrius Bell.

So yeah, the hopes that we might be stronger at left tackle next year are fading fast.

Falcons 4 Real

April 4th, 2012
12:13 pm

Any idea how many reps he did?

Chub Rock

April 4th, 2012
12:21 pm

There is no such thing as a sure thing in the NFL draft. I think everybody SHOULD know this. The ACL injury Chapman had does concern me, for a 300+ lb guy it will take time for him to get back to 100%. He did play with the injury for a while before surgery so it must have been a full tear. I like the kid but I could not draft him in the 2nd or 3rd RD with this pre-existing injury. The Falcons gave Vance Walker 1.26 mill for the 2013 season, I gotta believe his duties are about to increase. We do need that 340 lb NT though to give Nolan some versatility in the fronts he can use. It was so frustrating last season watching the Falcons attempt to line up in the 3 man front with Biermann at 260lbs playing one DE and Abraham at 260lb playing the other DE, with a guy at under 300lbs playing the nose. All of them would end up on the ground by the end of the play LOL. You gotta have beef up front to play 3 man fronts guys and the fact that Mike Smith did not even know that, quite frankly lowered my respect level for him as a head coach.

Chub Rock

April 4th, 2012
12:24 pm

James Sanders had a meet and greet with the Cardinals. Now Dimitroff really needs to get on the stick and resign this guy. We need that versatile veteran backup at safety. I still believe Arthur Blank has refused to spend until he sees some return on what he has already invested though.

Hudd

April 4th, 2012
12:46 pm

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 4th, 2012
2:25 pm

Chapman will not there when the Falcons get to select in the 3rd round. The kid is the strongest dude on Bama’s team. He’s a high character guy that has never had an issue in addition there is time Bama is in a 4 man defensive front so he’s seen all that already. The guy played the last 5-6 games (rested vs Ga Sou) with his injury including the NC game and played very well vs LSU.

Tommy Maddox

April 4th, 2012
3:13 pm

Seems like the kind of guy you’d want to hire but the knee is scary.

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Joshua Malavenda

April 4th, 2012
3:39 pm

Josh chapman I put him in my draft at 5th and that would be a steal at that point in the draft.because he falls due to his acl injury He is monsterous space eater that would do great in the falcons defense so if when they want to throw in 3/4 looks that can use him at nt. As of now we dont really have any space eating dt other then Vance Walker. He caused all kinds of havoc in the national championship game and would add some needed depth to our dt core.

Firsttimer

April 4th, 2012
6:04 pm

There are few,if any, football players without some form of an injury. We cannot sit on our hands because an injury makes us scared to pull the trigger. I say draft him if he is available in the third round. We need a big body who can tie up some bodies in the middle. I think he would flourish in Nolan’s scheme. A Raji or Suh type in short yardage situations.

Chub Rock

April 4th, 2012
7:19 pm

Ah the phrase that pays this offseason…”flourish in Nolan’s scheme”. LOL Whoever came up with this phrase should get a freaking Copyright for it.

Chub Rock

April 4th, 2012
7:23 pm

Print some t-shirts that say “I think he will flourish in Nolan’s scheme”.

Chub Rock

April 4th, 2012
7:30 pm

Firsttimer-I’m not knocking you OK. I have heard this phrase so much this offseason every since we got Nolan and Koetter. Someone used the phrase in an article and now everybody thinks someone will flourish in Nolan’s scheme.

Chub Rock

April 4th, 2012
7:35 pm

Cardinals agreed to terms with S James Sanders, formerly of the Falcons. Well Dimitroff is still on his hands and knees I guess.

[...] By D. Orlando Ledbetter, ajc.com: JOSH CHAPMAN was selected as an honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly. He was second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and league coaches. According to the ProFootballTalk.com visit tracker, the Falcons have kick the tires on Alabama nose tackle Josh Chapman. He’s massive with a third to fourth round grade by Pro Football Weekly. “He played at a high level on a national championship team,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. “So I think, I’d said all along for him, third to fifth round. Or fourth round. When you get to that particular point, there is not going to be a lot of guys who will be able to say, I can plug him in and he’s got experience at the college level in that (4-3) scheme. “Chapman does have the ability to be a guy that you can figure into the mix pretty early in his career. I would said third or fourth round.” [More] [...]

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Firsttimer

April 5th, 2012
6:38 pm

Chub Rock-not offended by your post .Maybe you hear that phrase so often because we finally have a DC with a scheme. So print the t-shirt and I will be first in line to buy it. (With a smile on my face.)

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