It was recently reported that Kam Chancellor had hip surgery a month or so ago, and that the odds of him being ready to go by the pre season are very slim. As we know from last year’s experience with Percy Harvin, this team does not rush people back from injuries. So should we be worried about the Strong Safety spot?
We have decent backups in Jeron Johnson and Winston Guy, but will they be enough? I don’t know, but you can bet PC/JS will be prepared for any situation, which might mean drafting to get some depth at the position. Here are three prospects (in no particular order) that could be available in the later rounds of tonight’s NFL Draft that might pique Pete’s interest.
Darwin Cook. 5’11” 203 lbs. West Virginia
He’s a lot smaller than Chancellor, but he plays with the same fire and tenacity. Good against the run. Causes some fumbles and hits hard and clean. From Bruce Irvin’s old school, so they could try him out.
Maurice Alexander. 6’1″ 220 lbs. Utah State
Almost as big as Chancellor, and almost as good of a hitter. He has decent ball skills and knows how to run a defense. Very good against the run.
Ty Zimmerman. 6’1″ 203 lbs. Kansas State
Good tackler. Wraps up. Good at reading the play. Decent size.
The most important thing is that these guys are good at defending the run. Chancellor’s main role is to come up and kick ass near the line of scrimmage. These guys could do that. Let’s hope they won’t need to for us. Here’s to a speedy and full recovery, Bam Bam.