Drafted in the fifth round by the Seahawks in 2010, Chancellor has come into his own as the starting strong safety after backing up Lawyer Milloy in his rookie season. Once he took over the reins as starter last season, Chancellor came into his own, totalling 97 tackles and four interceptions. After Dashon Goldson was injured, Chancellor made his first Pro Bowl as his replacement.
Boykin graduated Virginia Tech as the school’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. Having suffered an injury he refused to disclose at the NFL combine, Boykin ran an uninspiring 4.7 40 yard dash, and went undrafted. However, the Packers took a chance on him as they offered a tryout during rookie orientation, and Boykin has done nothing but impress since then. Boykin has led the team in preseason receptions, and had five catches for 63 yards against the Browns. Even if Boykin doesn’t make the Packers, look for another team to reward Boykin’s preseason performances with a roster spot.
The jack-of-all trades known as Danny Coale was drafted in the fifth round by the Dallas Cowboys, but has struggled to see any of the field this preseason. Coale suffered a stress fracture and quadriceps injury, forcing him to miss gridiron action until the St. Louis game, when he made one catch for eight yards. Coale is reportedly still working to fully recover his quickness and agility, and may not have a secure roster spot in Dallas. Whether or not Coale is allowed to contribute on special teams in the final preseason game (as he craves) could play a big role in where he plays this season.
Flowers came to the Kansas City Chiefs with high expectations after getting drafted early in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft, and has consistently delivered at cornerback. In 2009, Flowers proved not only his talent, but also his toughness as he played the entire season with a hurt shoulder. Despite the pain, Flowers made 63 tackles, 23 pass breakups, and five interceptions. To date, Flowers has 13 career picks and 255 tackles, and is currently considered one of the most valuable pieces of the Kansas City defense.