• Footballs Future

    By: Dave-Te' Thomas

    #88-CHRIS CHAMBERS University of Wisconsin Badgers 5:11.4-212

    Positives... Natural athlete with a very impressive height/weight/speed factor... Has a well-developed frame that packs a lot of power...Displays exceptional upfield quickness and the acceleration to easily elude defenders after the catch...Has the body control to make sharp cuts coming out of his routes...Shows great timing to the stick posts and on corner routes...Uses his quickness and power to gain most of his yardage after the catch...Shows good timing going up for the ball in flight and a competitive nature to wrest the ball away from defenders in traffic...Extends his arms properly and catches with his hands...Has game-breaking ability, especially with the built-up speed he shows in the open...Has the strength to escape press coverage...Shows aggression and functional strength when called upon for blocking purposes...Very capable of making the crack block upfield...Knows how to come back for the underneath and off-target passes...One of the true "high flyers" in the game, boasting a vertical jump of 42 3/4-inches.

    Negatives... While he has blazing speed, he sometimes looks hesitant in his initial step off the line...Little stiff running his routes and inconsistent protecting the ball on the run...Not always aware of the playing field and tends to have balance problems working the sidelines...While his hands are better than former Badger Tony Simmons (New England), much like Simmons, he can drop the easy passes due to a lack of concentration and only adequate hands (has made improvements in this area over the last year), especially when he gets into a rhythm where he body-catches, rather than extend for the ball...Flashes some flexibility adjusting to the ball, but he's not as aware of his surroundings on the field as one would like.

    The quiet leader of the Badgers, he is regarded as one of the finest athletes to ever perform for this program...Despite the team's emphasis on the running game during the Barry Aslvarez era, he finished second on the school's all-time record list with 127 receptions, topped only by Al Toon (131, 1982-84)...His 2004 aerial yards are topped only by Toon's 2103 in Wisconsin annals...Joins Lee DeRamus (1991-93), David Charles (1976-78) and Pat Richter (1960-62) as the only players in school history to lead the team in receiving three times in a career...Caught at least one pass in 30 of his last 31 appearances...A standout two-way star in high school, he also competed on the school's basketball team as a freshman.

    REMIND ME OF... Detroit's Herman Moore (in his prime).

    GAZING INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL... I don't know what it is with Wisconsin receivers. They are all tall, athletic and great blockers, but just seem to be lacking that one major ingredient to be the total package - natural hands. Chambers is much like the Pats' Tony Simmons, in where he will have a great play and then slowly disappear from the game. His athletic ability is what will get him drafted earlier than his productivity and it would not surprise me if he gets a first round nod.

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