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2017 NFL Draft Player Profile: Devin Chappell

Will the Oregon State safety’s strong work ethic and tough playing style lead to a shot in the NFL?

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NAME: Devin Chappell

POSITION: Safety/Defensive Back

HT/WT: 6’0”, 203

40 TIME: 4.62

2016 STATS (Senior Season)

12 games: 75 tackles (40 solo), 1 interception, 6 forced fumbles


Devin Chappell is the kind of safety that traditional football fans drool over. He flies around and finds a way to get himself involved in any action that occurs in his region of coverage, delivering hard hits that have a knack for resulting in fumbles. As Gina Mizell reported in an article for OregonLive.com, Chappell’s six forced fumbles in 2016 were a school-record (and enough to lead the entire PAC-12).

Chappell, who played for Oregon State in 2015 and 2016 after transferring from Western Oregon University, will look to impress an NFL team with not only his talent, but with his grit and work ethic—traits that made it easy for Beaver fans to root for the Oregon native. As a player that began his career as a cornerback and made the transition to safety, Chappell has proven that he is willing to fill whatever role his team asks of him.

In an interview with nfldraftdiamonds.com, Chappell compared his own style of play to that of Miami Dolphin free safety—and 2015 NFL Pro Bowler—Reshad Jones, saying that “the way he plays is how I try to play”. Interestingly enough, when Oregon State hosted a pro day in Corvallis (for NFL scouts to get a look at potential draftees) the Dolphins had a representative on hand, supposedly to check out Chappell.

Currently, NFLdraftscout.com has Chappell ranked 53rd out of 186 strong safety prospects, which indicates that the Beaver graduate has a strong chance to go undrafted through the seven rounds of the NFL draft (beginning Thursday). And yet: we know that the Miami Dolphins had a scout in Corvallis during Oregon State’s pro day. If that scout truly was there to get a close look at Chappell, the young safety might get his opportunity to play behind—and learn from—Reshad Jones, the athlete that Chappell is on record as modeling his game after.

Check out some of Devin Chappell’s highlights below, and see exactly why Beaver fans will miss his presence in the secondary when the 2017 season kicks off.

Devin Chappell’s “2017 NFL Draft Player Profile” is the second in our series chronicling Oregon State’s six NFL Draft prospects in the days leading up to Thursday night’s NFL Draft. The rest will be released in the following order on the following days:

  • VICTOR BOLDEN JR. (FRI 4/21)
  • DEVIN CHAPPELL (SAT 4/22)
  • TRESTON DECOUD (SUN 4/23)
  • SEAN HARLOW (MON 4/24)
  • GAVIN ANDREWS (TUES 4/25)
  • DUSTIN STANTON (WED 4/26)