40 time: 4.69
Overview: If the linebacker class were made up of superheroes and supervillains, Chenal would be the Juggernaut. He followed the path of his older brother John Chenal by heading to Wisconsin to play football. By year two, he took over the starting linebacker role for the Badgers. In 2021, he earned both the Big Ten's linebacker of the year award and first-team AFCA All-American honors after pulling in 18.5 tackles for a loss. He declared early as a true junior, but there are few players more prepared for NFL strength in this class.
Strengths: Built like a brick house and can probably lift one, too. Remarkable athlete for his size. Violent hitter who will send smaller backs flying. Capable closing speed means rarely missing chances to get involved in plays. Phenomenal play strength allows him to take on blockers and not lose an inch. Shocks offensive linemen with his power. Smart with picking his pursuit angles. Highly tuned eyes to track runners through chaotic sight lines. Works his way back into plays constantly.
Weaknesses: Agility isn't a deal-breaker, but it's going to hurt him a lot in coverage. Tackle radius is a tad small and will lead to some diving efforts to make up the difference. Not flexible and nimble enough to slip through small gaps. Gets flat-footed when trying to cover backs in the passing game.
Pro Comp: Reggie Ragland, New York Giants -- Ragland's rare size and strength has allowed him to succeed despite the game trending toward faster and smaller options. Chenal won't be a fit for some teams due to his coverage lapses, but much like Ragland he'll find a landing spot where he can beat people up between the tackles.