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Chase Minnifield

Chase Minnifield - #13 - CB

Height: 5-10 3/8
Weight: 183
Speed: 4.50e
Arm: 31 1/2
Hand: 9
Wingspan: 76 1/4
Birthdate: 03/31/1989
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Grade: 5.21

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/15/2012 Virginia Pro Day 5-10 5/8 180 9 31 1/4 77 4.66 8 9'9" 32 1/2
02/29/2012 Combine 5-10 3/8 183 9 31 1/2 76 1/4 7
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-0 1/4 187 4.50

 

Notes:

Father, Frank, was a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Cleveland Browns (1984-92). Chase prepped in Ohio before redshirting in 2007. Played all 12 games in ’08, starting two as an injury replacement for New England Patriots ’11 second-rounder Ras-I Dowling, and recorded 25 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions. Added 21 kickoff returns for 490 yards (23.3-yard average) and zero touchdowns. Tallied 28-2-2 with 22-513 (23.3) on kickoff returns and 20-88-0 (4.4) on punt returns in 12 games (one start) in ’09. Following the departure of Minnesota Vikings ’10 second-rounder Chris Cook, started all 12 games in ’10 and logged 48-4-6 with half a sack and 13-84-0 (6.5) on punt returns. Was hobbled by an ankle sprain the final four games of the season. In ’11, started the first 12 games at cornerback and posted 50-8-3 with seven tackles for loss, 1 1⁄2 sacks and a blocked kick. Missed the Chick-Fil-A Bowl with a knee injury, which required surgery to remove floating cartilage particles in January. Was medically excluded at the Combine because of bilateral ankles (swelling). 

Positives:

Nice instincts. Transitions with little wasted movement. Does not hesitate to support the run and is a solid tackler. Solid ball skills. Elevates and competes in the air — can extend outside his frame and high-point interceptions. Cares about the game and works at his craft. Smart and versatile — played outside and over the slot. Solid character and work ethic. Has NFL bloodlines. 

Negatives:

Size is just adequate. Has a slender build and produced a 2012 Combine-low seven reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. Can be outmuscled by bigger, stronger receivers. Average athletic ability. Rises in his pedal. Loses at the line — needs to improve jam technique and struggles to reroute. Torched by quicker, faster receivers. Tends to clutch and grab. Average closing burst and recovery speed.

Summary:

More physical than strong and more smooth than sudden, Minnifield is a narrow-framed, wiry, competitive, cover-2 cornerback with functional ball skills and tackling ability. Could be considerably overdrafted because of his last name and might struggle to find a role given his physical limitations. 


Chase Minnifield's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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