Chase Ortiz Scouting Report

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Chase Ortiz Scouting Report

Position: DE
Conference: Big12
School: TCU Horned Frogs
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #93
Height & Weight: 6'3 - 255 lbs.

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Chase Ortiz, DE, TCU

Ortiz played as a redshirt freshman on the 2003 TCU squad and then did not play a down in 2004. He led the Mountain West Conference in sacks (99) during the 2005 season and was voted to the league First Team squad. He made 2.5 sacks and had 11 tackles for loss in 2006 and was again voted to the First Team All Mountain West Conference. He recorded eight sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss during his senior campaign, becoming the first player in school history to be named to the conference First All Team squad three years in a row. Ortiz was over shadowed most of his career at TCU by teammate Tommy Blake. He is a good athlete who is also intelligent and willing to learn. Ortiz is an experienced three year starter, which will appeal to NFL teams. He has very good speed (4.78-40) for a lineman and is very quick to the first step, with the speed and burst to beat his opponent outside. An intense player, he moves well through traffic and closes fast on ball carriers. He is durable for his size, but needs to add weight and strength, particularly on his lower body (He has the frame to add weight, so it shouldn't be a problem). Other possible problems are that he plays with a narrow base and does not shed blockers easy. Ortiz tends to slow down while changing directions, so his run stopping technique needs work. Ortiz is not the athlete Blake is, but he is more committed to the game. He plays with a "chip on his shoulder"-type attitude. He is very active on the outside, but his lack of strength makes him a liability on run plays. He needs better coaching and will have to work hard to make it to the field on the NFL. All that said, Ortiz has the intangibles to eventually become a solid pro player. Some draft boards had him drafted in the mid-to-late third round, but a mid fifth-to-early sixth round selection is more probable at this moment.

Last Updated Jan-17-2008 by Raul Colon

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