- Nov 14, 2009
I have never in two years been impressed with Chandler’s ability. He has some speed but unless he has a hole 10 yards wide , he is not going to make many plays. I do not see him make people miss and he never would of taken it to the house like Gray did against Vanderbilt. I think his maximum upside is an average college Rb that is part of a platoon system. I do not see him making an NFL roster unless it is a practice squad.
No one is calling him a potential first or second day pick, either. He is pretty much a one-out runner who takes what is there, but he is a really good receiver out of the backfield, and makes plays in that area.
Personally, I don't think he is what Pruitt prefers in a RB for his offense. This is evident in the reluctance to lean on Chandler and why 3 different backs reached 100+ carries for a team that ran the 2nd fewest plays in the league, last year. Tennessee was the only team in the SEC to have 3 backs go over 100 carries. It will be interesting to see if Chandler and/or Gray get more of a lion's share this season behind a much better offensive line on a team that may have to rely more on the running game.