Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Colts picks: 5/136 - Josh Chapman, NT, 6-1, 316, Alabama...Chapman suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 1. An outstanding talent who will push for a starting job if healthy. - The Sports Xchange
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Chapman certainly would be higher on everybody's list, but he had surgery on Jan. 17 to repair a torn ACL. The injury actually occurred in an Oct. 1 game against Florida. But he played through the season before getting the surgery.
Ironically, the importance and ability of this stout nose tackle was perhaps most dramatically demonstrated in Alabama's Nov. 19 game, the only one he sat out, when Georgia Southern took advantage of his absence and rushed for 302 yards. Although Chapman did seem less than 100 percent during most of the 2011 season, scouts took special note that he played injured.
Previously, one of the questions about him was whether he had the dedication to be the best he could be. And when he is healthy, his best is impressive.
Chapman is a short, stout, strongman who is especially good against the run. He plays with a powerful base and uses his strong arms and hands to discard blockers.
Pass rush: Possesses at least average burst off the snap, but lacks the lateral agility and closing speed to be a consistent pass rush threat at the NFL level. Uses his excellent weight room strength to shove his opponent upfield and can disengage with quick hands and a reasonably effective swim move (either arm). Good effort.
Run defense: Clearly his best trait. Has a short, stumpy build so he typically wins the leverage battle. When he does so, Chapman can be tough to move, even showing the ability to handle double-teams. Excellent weight room strength translates well onto the field. Good stack and shed defender. Alert defender who recognizes the trap block and possesses enough quickness to beat his opponent to the spot. Lacks the sustained speed to chase down ball-carriers, but puts good effort into his lateral pursuit.
Explosion: Has an explosive initial punch to push the offensive lineman back onto his heels. Can generate a big hit when he gets moving. Not an explosive athlete, overall, despite his gaudy weight room numbers.
Strength: Violent hands and good upper body strength to hold up inside versus the run. Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter. Can rag doll ball-carriers, tossing them to the ground easily.
Tackling: An effective drag down tackler due to his upper body strength. Lacks the lateral agility and balance to handle quick ball-carriers in open spaces. Appears to have only average arm length. As such, ball-carriers too often are able to shield him with a stiff-arm and run away from him. Shows good effort in lateral pursuit to the tackle box, but tires quickly and doesn't show enough effort to follow downfield.
Intangibles: Has struggled with conditioning at times over his career. Possesses a good motor, however, and will pursue to the sideline and downfield. Possesses excellent weight room strength. Was the team's strongest player as early as his redshirt freshman season, owning a 480 pound bench press in 2008. He left Alabama benching closer to 580 pounds, according to the Alabama strength and conditioning staff and has a 630-pound squat when healthy. Played most of the 2011 season with a torn ACL which required postseason surgery.
Chapman is the anchor to the Alabama defense ... the senior nose guard regularly takes on multiple blockers and is a key to the Crimson Tide's run-stuffing ability ... has started 11 Alabama games at nose guard and 25 during his career while playing in 53 games ... honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly ... second-team All-SEC by league coaches and the Associated Press ... was on the cover of Sports Illustrated following Alabama's win at Florida ... has 22 tackles on the season while helping the Tide lead the nation in rushing yards allowed with just 74.9 yards per game and 191.3 yards of total offense allowed ... has 3.5 tackles for loss (-9) and one sack (-3) ... will contend for first-team All-SEC honors along the defensive front and possible All-America accolades ...missed the Georgia Southern game to rest his injured knee.
Kent State: Started and made one solo tackle as he led a UA defensive front that held the Golden Flashes to -9 yards rushing in a 48-7 win. Penn State: Made four total tackles with two solo stops as the Tide posted a dominating-road win against the No. 23 Nittany Lions. North Texas: Had two tackles with one assist as UA limited the Mean Green to 68 yards rushing. Arkansas: Started and helped Alabama hold the Razorbacks to a series-low 17 yards rushing, more than 150 yards below their season average. Florida: Recorded three tackles with one solo stop in a 38-10 win over the No. 12 Gators ... helped hold UF to 15 rushing yards ... made his first tackle for loss of the year for a loss of four yards and batted down two UF passes. Vanderbilt: Helped UA record its second shutout of the year against the Commodores ... had one assisted sack of VU quarterback Larry Smith, stopping him on fourth down and knocking him out of the game. Mississippi: Did not have a tackle but helped limit the Rebels to just 28 yards rushing.
Tennessee: Clogged the middle of the defensive front as the Vols managed only 155 yards of total offense and just 92 on the ground ... made two tackles with one tackle for loss (-2 yards). LSU: Equaled his season high with four tackles ... made two solo stops and shared a tackle for loss ... helped limit the top-ranked Tigers to 239 yards of total offense. Mississippi State: Recorded three assisted tackles with half of a sack (-2 yards) ... helped limit the Bulldogs to just 12 yards rushing and 131 total yards. Auburn: Returned to the starting lineup and anchored the middle of the UA defense ... made two tackles and limited AU to just 140 total yards ... Tigers had just 44 yards - 25 rushing - through three quarters and gained the rest after Alabama had already locked up the win in the fourth.
Chapman started 12 games at nose guard while seeing action in all 13 contests ... recorded 31 tackles on the season with 3.5 tackles for loss (-16 yards), including a sack (-12) ... finished with 18 solo stops ... great at occupying blockers in the middle of the Crimson Tide defensive line ... anchored the middle of a defensive front that allowed 110.15 rushing yards per game, which ranked 10th nationally. San Jose State: Made three tackles with two solo stops as the Tide limited the Spartans to 175 total yards. Penn State: Started and recorded one assisted tackle. Duke: Registered half of a tackle for loss for one yard. Arkansas: Recorded one solo tackle against the Hogs ... helped stifle the Razorbacks' rushing attack, as the Tide surrendered 64 yards rushing. Florida: Tallied one solo tackle ... was instrumental in two key goal line stands against the Gators ... helped hold Florida to 79 yards rushing. South Carolina: Was named one of the Defensive Players of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... posted a career-high five tackles, including three solo stops ... recorded one tackle for a loss of one yard and broke up a pass. Mississippi: Assisted on one tackle against the Rebels. Tennessee: Did not have a tackle, but helped hold the Vols offense to 159 yards on the ground while clogging up the middle of the defensive line. LSU: Was named one of the Defensive Players of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... recorded career-highs in numerous categories by registering eight total tackles, including a sack for a loss of 12 yards. Mississippi State: Recorded six tackles, including five solo stops ... provided the pressure that helped hold the Bulldogs to a 52 percent completion rate and force two interceptions. Georgia State: Earned the start at nose guard and recorded two solo tackles. Auburn: Earned the start and assisted on one tackle along the defensive line. Michigan State: Made one solo tackle behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of two yards ... also batted down a Kirk Cousins pass ... helped Alabama hold MSU to minus-48 yards rushing as the Tide registered 11 tackles for loss, accounting for 70 yards.
Chapman came off the bench in 13 games and collected 17 total tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss (-2) and half of a sack. Virginia Tech: Made three tackles off the bench, including one for a loss of a yard ... got to the quarterback for the first time in his career, recording half a sack. Florida International: Played but did not record any statistics. North Texas: Came off the bench to equal a season-high with three tackles with one for loss. Arkansas: Saw action off the bench but did not record any statistics. Kentucky: Played as a reserve and tallied one solo tackle. Mississippi: Posted one assisted tackle in the Crimson Tide's 22-3 win over the Rebels ... helped the Tide limit UM to just 57 rushing yards. Tennessee: Assisted on one tackle off the bench for the Tide. LSU: Came off the bench and assisted on a tackle for a loss. Mississippi State: Saw action as a reserve on the defensive line but did not record a tackle. Chattanooga: Came off the bench to equal a career best with four tackles, including a half a tackle for a loss. Auburn: Was a key reserve along the defensive line that surrendered just 151 yards rushing ... did not have a tackle. Florida: Came off the bench at defensive tackle ... did not record any statistics ... helped Alabama hold Florida to 88 yards rushing. Texas: Played well in the defensive line rotation employed by the Crimson Tide against the pass-happy Longhorns ... made three solo tackles as the Tide help the Horns to just 276 total yards and 81 rushing yards.
Chapman played in 13 games as a sophomore in 2008 ... made his first career start at Tennessee and started two games ... had 16 tackles, including 4.0 tackles for loss (-7) ... the backup nose guard in the Crimson Tide's 3-4 defense but started for Alabama with Terrence Cody out with a knee injury ... with Cody's return against LSU, Chapman rotated regularly with Cody ... Chapman saw roughly 33 percent of the snaps on running downs in 2008. Clemson: Chapman played but did not record a tackle. Tulane: He made one assisted tackle from his nose guard spot. Western Kentucky: Chapman turned in his best game for the Crimson and White with two tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss (-2). Arkansas: He made one TFL (-1) at Arkansas and registered a quarterback hurry. Georgia: Chapman played but did not record a tackle. Kentucky: He made one solo tackle as Alabama limited the Wildcats to just 35 yards rushing. Mississippi: Chapman spelled Cody in the first half and then took over for him after Cody was lost with a knee injury on the first drive of the second half ... Chapman registered half of a TFL (-2). Tennessee: He made a career-high four tackles, including three solo stops in his first career start ... helped the Crimson Tide defense continue its outstanding rush defense, holding the Volunteers to just 36 yards. Arkansas State: Chapman logged three assisted tackles in his second start of the season at nose guard as the Tide limited the Red Wolves to just 158 yards of total offense, including just 91 yards on the ground. LSU: He did not make a tackle but shared time with Cody at nose guard against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Chapman registered one solo tackle as the Alabama defense limited the Bulldogs to just 35 yards rushing. Auburn: He did not record any statistics, but got a good push up the middle against the Tigers and helped limit Auburn to just 57 yards rushing. Florida: Chapman made two solo tackles, including his fourth tackle for loss of the season. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: He did not play against Utah.
Redshirted with shoulder injury. Played in each of the first three games due to injuries at the nose guard position … had one tackle on the season that came in the season-opener against Western Carolina … shared the 2008 Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award with receiver Darius Hanks for his performance during spring practice.
Rated the no. 12 prospect in Alabama on the Rivals.com Alabama Top 30 list … rated the nation’s no. 32 defensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com … the no. 14 player on the BamaOnLine Top 27 in Alabama prospect rankings … rated the no. 13 prospect overall in
Full name is Joshua Chapman ... born June 10, 1989.
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11/27/12 - NT Josh Chapman and DT Fili Moala officially had their 2012 seasons come to an end as the Colts placed both on injured reserve Tuesday. Chapman was activated from the physically unable to perform list Nov. 12, but was inactive the past two weeks as the Colts evaluated to see if the rookie from Alabama had recovered enough from a knee injury to play this season.
11/23/12 - NT Josh Chapman (knee) remains hopeful of playing Sunday. Chapman had full work Wednesday and Thursday.
11/21/12 - NT Josh Chapman (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Chapman remains hopeful of playing Sunday.
11/15/12 - NT Josh Chapman will be a game-time decision on whether he will play against the Patriots on Sunday. The rookie from Alabama, who had knee surgery in January, was added to the active roster earlier this week. He has been practicing with the team for the previous three weeks but was held out of Thursday's workout.
"It's just a matter of if he is healthy and is he the next best player we have to dress on Sunday," interim coach Bruce Arians said.
11/14/12 - NT Josh Chapman was activated from the Colts' reserve/non-football injury list to the regular-season roster.