Chaney is the first linebacker drafted from Mississippi State since Mario Haggan (2003, Buffalo). He finished the season with a team-high of 90 tackles as a fifth-year senior. He was granted a medical redshirt in 2008 after suffering a broken leg in the season opener againse Louisiana Tech.
Here is what the Eagles official site had to say about Chaney:
The Good: Explosive, hard-hitting linebacker who makes plays against the pass and run. Remains disciplined with assignments, displays a good head for the ball, and works to make plays. Fast moving sideline to sideline, breaks down well, and nicely flows to the action. Gets depth on pass drops, quick footed moving in reverse, and keeps his head on a swivel, displaying good instincts. Quickly changes direction, easily redirects to ball-carriers, and wraps up tackling.
The Bad: Very slow adjusting off the initial hit then getting back to playing form. Possesses poor hands for the interception. Easily blocked from the action.
The Verdict: Chaney did a terrific job returning from injury last season and really presents himself as a potential three-down linebacker for the next level. He's a hard-working player with good athleticism and football intelligence. Cheney has the possibility to be used at several linebacker spots in a number of systems, which will only enhance his value to NFL teams.