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    #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    OVERVIEW

    Called by the Tulsa coaching staff the team's finest athlete, the Golden Hurricane weak-side linebacker could be ready for another position change at the professional level. Having been recruited as a quarterback and defensive back, he shifted to the linebacker unit upon his arrival on campus.

    Over the years, Chamberlain developed a great understanding of the linebacker position and is a solid force against the run and pass. With his great foot quickness and ability to see the field and make plays in space, many scouts feel strong safety will be his final destination. He closed out his career as the school's fifth-leading tackler, registering 352 tackles in 50 games.

    Chamberlain was a four-year letter-winner and three-year starter at Bethany High School, lining up at quarterback and free safety his final three years. He led his team to a 13-2 record and the Class 2A state title as a senior, earning District 2A-1 Player of the Year honors. He was selected to the Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) All-State West team and also earned first-team All-State honors from the Daily Oklahoman as a defensive back. He was named the Little All-City Offensive Player of the Year by the Daily Oklahoman and was chosen to the Oil Bowl team.

    In 2003, Chamberlain rushed for 2,096 yards and 25 touchdowns, as he also threw for 1,020 yards and 11 touchdowns from his quarterback position. He also recorded 147 tackles and had 10 interceptions. As a junior, he had 108 tackles with eight interceptions while also rushing for 518 yards and 11 scores and passing for 997 yards and eight more touchdowns. During his career, he posted 399 tackles and picked off 20 passes. He rushed for 2,777 yards and 37 touchdowns, while completing 148-of-324 passes for 2,433 yards and 29 scores.

    Chamberlain played in 11 games as a true freshman, starting five of Tulsa's final six games at weak-side linebacker. He produced 48 tackles (24 solos) with three sacks, 5.5 stops for losses and four pressures. He also recovered two fumbles and caused another.

    He started all 13 games as a sophomore, finishing third on the team with 88 tackles (53 solos), adding 4.5 sacks and 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused two fumbles, broke up two passes and intercepted another.

    In 2006, Chamberlain shifted to strong-side linebacker, earning All-Conference USA third-team accolades, as he started the team's final eight contests. He posted 51 tackles (31 solos), two sacks and 3.5 stops for losses. He returned one of two interceptions for a touchdown, deflected another pass and was credited with a pair of pressures.

    As a senior, Chamberlain garnered All-American honorable mention and All-Conference USA first-team honors. He set the school single-season record and ranked fifth in the nation with 165 tackles (101 solos), including three sacks and a team-high 12.5 stops for losses. He caused three fumbles, knocked down a pass and intercepted three others. He also saw action on offense, gaining 22 yards with a touchdown on nine carries and caught three passes for 74 yards (24.7 avg).

    In 50 games at Tulsa, Chamberlain started 40 contests. He recorded 352 tackles (209 solos) with 12.5 sacks for minus-96 yards, 32.5 stops for losses of 155 yards and eight quarterback pressures. He caused six fumbles and recovered two others. He gained 48 yards with a touchdown on six interception returns and broke up four passes.

    Career Notes

    Chamberlain's 352 tackles rank fifth in school history behind Nelson Coleman (413, 2004-07), Michael White (389, 1987, 89-91), Robert Tennon (388, 1976, 78-80) and Lovie Smith (367, 1976-79)...His 202 solo tackles rank third in Golden Hurricane annals, topped by White (227) and Smith (211)...Set the school single-season record with 165 tackles in 2007, topping the previous mark of 148 by Levi Gillen in 1997...His 165 tackles rank fifth on the Conference USA single-season record chart behind Hanik Milligan of Houston (174 in 2001), Rod Davis of Southern Mississippi (168 in 2002), Brad Jackson of Cincinnati (168 in 1997) and Jeff Kerr of East Carolina (167 in 1997)...His 102 solo tackles in 2007 topped the previous Tulsa single-season record of 95 by Tennon in 1979 and rank third in league annals behind Mulligan (102 in 2001) and Davis (122 in 2002).

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    Attended Bethany (Okla.) High School, playing football for head coach Ron Renshaw...Four-year letter-winner and three-year starter, lining up at quarterback and free safety his final three years...Led his team to a 13-2 record and the Class 2A state title as a senior, earning District 2A-1 Player of the Year honors...Selected to the Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) All-State West team and also earned first-team All-State honors from the Daily Oklahoman as a defensive back...Named the Little All-City Offensive Player of the Year by the Daily Oklahoman and was chosen to the Oil Bowl team...In 2003, he ran for 2,096 yards and 25 touchdowns, as he also threw for 1,020 yards and 11 touchdowns from his quarterback position...Also recorded 147 tackles and had 10 interceptions...As a junior, he had 108 tackles with eight interceptions while also rushing for 518 yards and 11 scores and passing for 997 yards and eight more touchdowns...During his career, he posted 399 tackles and picked off 20 passes...Rushed for 2,777 yards and 37 touchdowns, while completing 148-of-324 passes for 2,433 yards and 29 scores.



    ANALYSIS

    Positives: Well-defined athlete with muscular arms and thighs, but lacks ideal bulk to play linebacker (except in a Cover-2 schemes) and with his range, he could be more effective utilized as a strong safety...Shows impressive flexibility, agility, balance, body control and change-of-direction skills...Reads and reacts to the plays instinctively, having the valid quickness to maintain position on the receivers in short-to-intermediate routes...Smooth turning out of his backpedal and has a sharp initial burst to get a good jump on the ball, demonstrating little wasted motion planting and exploding in transition...Physical tackler who squares up, drives with his legs and wraps securely...Reacts to plays in front of him with no hesitation, quickly defending vs. the curls and out patterns...Times the pass well, displaying the ability to compete for the ball at its high point...Adequate in run support, keeping his hands active to fight off the low blocks, but can be engulfed when he lets the offensive linemen get a piece of his jersey...Keeps his shoulders square taking on ballcarriers along the perimeter, playing at a low pad level to attack the runner's outside leg...Comes under control to make the wrap or take-down tackle...Has enough balance and quickness to make read mistakes and overcome them with his speed when playing off the edge...Knows how to twist and get small to slip past blocks when trying to pressure the pocket...On offense, he shows abilities to catch, run and throw the football...Quick and smooth in his route progression and has the body control to get to off-target tosses...Former prep quarterback who plants firmly before unleashing the ball, which he carries chest high to get a quicker release...On special teams, he shows good vision to pick up the gunners to protect the returners...With his vision and ability to run with the ball and block, he could make an efficient fullback in the pros if experiments on defense fail.

    Negatives: If he is to remain at linebacker, he will need to add more bulk and improve his overall strength (struggles to split double teams and loses battles when a lineman gets into his body)...Needs technique refinement in man coverage, as he will over-pursue and miss tackles at times...Has decent natural speed in coverage, but sometimes takes bad angles in pursuit...Not really a punishing bull rusher and he tends to get bounced around by bigger blockers when asked to step up and fill the rush lanes...While he has a smooth turning motion, he tends to side-pedal at times, preventing him from getting an explosive break on the ball near the point of attack...Has to retreat to get off a blocker when trying to attack the inside gaps...Sometimes gets too aggressive rising for the hit and will lose a good fit in attempts to make contact...When he gets reckless in pursuit, he will slide off and miss some tackles.

    Compares To: DARNELL BING-New York Jets...Except for a Cover-2 scheme, Chamberlain isn't an ideal fit at outside linebacker, but with his range and man coverage ability, he could be more effective as a strong safety. He is a self-made player who entered the program as a 200-pound quarterback and got to see action on offense as a senior. He has just a little more room on his frame to bulk up, but the added weight could impact his quickness. Use him at safety first and if he fails to produce, playing weak-side linebacker in a Cover-2 would be his next alternative. He could also be an efficient blocker/third-down receiver as a fullback.

    Injury Report

    2006: Missed the season opener vs. Louisiana-Monroe (8/30) and sat out fall camp while recovering from knee surgery.

    2007: Left the Oklahoma game (9/21) with a leg contusion and cramps...Suffered a knee sprain in the Army clash (11/17) but did not miss any game action.


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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    I take it that Hass has this kid penciled in as the blitzing LB/S he likes to used in the 3-4 scheme.
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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    Many scouts feel strong safety will be his final destination.

    2007 CFN All-Conference USA Team, Top 30 Players, Top Position Players & Players of the Year

    Defensive Player of the Year - Chris Chamberlain, LB Tulsa
    The speedy senior was all over the field trying to save a woeful defense. He made 92 solo tackles alone with 148 on the year with three interceptions. While he didn't get into the backfield all that often, he was busy making plays
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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Many scouts feel strong safety will be his final destination.
    That seems logical, he defiantly has athletic ability from what I've read.
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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    Sounds like a good all-around athlete. Hopefully he can make his mark on special teams.

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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    Quote Originally Posted by evil disco man View Post
    Sounds like a good all-around athlete. Hopefully he can make his mark on special teams.

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    Exactly jake. If Jeff Wilkins was our best tackler on special teams...we're in trouble.

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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    Pick Analysis:Tulsa had a large crowd at its pro day because of quarterback Paul Smith. However, Chamberlin was the guy who ended up wowing scouts with his incredible workout. His measurables and skills are impressive. He has a chance to compete for a roster spot and should be a good special teams player
    This is pretty cool....

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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    Nice to here. Why havent we gor depth for the LB position. I feel Spoon, Pisa, Draft, and Culberson are very good LB's , but 4 deep at LB isnt a good thing. If that is the case McGargle and Harrington are backups.

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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    I'm thinking he was selected as a SS.

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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    Any relation to wilt?

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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    I don't know much about him but he sound like a beast! GO RAMS!!!

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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    Sounds like the kind of athlete Haslett could toy with and maybe turn into a situational guy within that scheme down the road.
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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    Any relation to wilt?

    ramming speed to all

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    lol, first thing that popped in my mind.

    I'm pretty sure he's not though.

    Uh oh, read this about him on the official Tulsa website:
    "Favorite NFL team is the Dallas Cowboys..."
    He'd better change that... fast!

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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    haha he should. I think if he shows up in training camp which i hope he would, He can one day be Chavous' successor. With his tackling and hitting abilities, it would be a nice complement to Atogwe's ball skills... yeah i might be thinking to high but who knows...

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    Re: #7 2008 NFL DRAFT RAMS PICK (Rd 7, 228th): Chris Chamberlain, DB, Tulsa

    Classic 'Tweener. I wish him the best transitioning to strong safety, but it's tough when a guy's physical makeup doesn't quite translate to any of the traditional roles on an NFL squad.

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