Corey Chavous

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Corey Chavous
No. 25
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-01-05) January 5, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth: Aiken, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College: Vanderbilt
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Debuted in 1998 for the Arizona Cardinals
Last played in 2008 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions 20
Sacks 5.5
Touchdowns 2
Stats at NFL.com

Corey Lamonte Chavous (/ˈvəs/; born January 5, 1976) is a former American football safety who played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Chavous played for three teams, primarily as a safety but also as a cornerback. Chavous was known as one of the most instinctive safeties of his era and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2003. He is the founder of the media company and website DraftNasty.com, which specializes in coverage of the major sports with an emphasis on scouting and professional drafts. He is currently a color analyst for college football games as well as an NFL Draft analysis for CBS Sports.[1]

High school career[edit]

Chavous attended Silver Bluff High School in Aiken, South Carolina. In football, he was an All-Area, and an All-District pick, and in track, he was an All-State choice and was part of a 4×100 relay team which won the state title. He was a high school teammate of former Chicago Bears and Vikings wide receiver D'Wayne Bates.

College career[edit]

Chavous attended Vanderbilt University. He finished his career with 12 interceptions (which ranks sixth on the school's all-time list), made 199 tackles, and batted down 31 passes. He graduated with a degree in human and organizational development.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Chavous was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round (33rd overall) in the 1998 NFL Draft. In his rookie season he played in 16 games recording 28 tackles and two interceptions, his first coming at the Kansas City Chiefs on November 30. In 1999, he played in 15 games recording 40 tackles and one interception. The following year he made 48 tackles and one interception. In his final year with the Cardinals, Chavous made 74 tackles and one interception.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On March 25, 2002, Chavous signed a four-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings as an unrestricted free agent. In his debut season he started in all 16 games recording 83 tackles, three interceptions and one touchdown, the first of his career at the Detroit Lions on December 29. In 2003, he made 86 tackles, a career-high eight interceptions and one touchdown. His performances that season earned him a trip to the 2003 Pro Bowl. The following year, he made 81 tackles and one interception. In his final season with the Vikings, Chavous started all 16 games for a fourth straight season, recording 71 tackles and two interceptions.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

On March 13, 2006, Chavous signed a three-year contract with the St. Louis Rams as an unrestricted free agent. In his first season, he equaled his career-high of 86 tackles and made one interception. In 2008 he started 14 games making 74 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

On February 13, 2009, Chavous was released by the Rams.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
1998 ARI 16 26 20 6 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 8
1999 ARI 15 37 27 10 0.0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 5
2000 ARI 16 45 39 6 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
2001 ARI 14 73 61 12 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 8
2002 MIN 16 83 66 17 1.0 0 0 0 3 76 25 43 1 5
2003 MIN 16 86 75 11 0.0 0 0 0 8 143 18 39 1 14
2004 MIN 16 80 59 21 0.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
2005 MIN 16 71 54 17 0.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 5
2006 STL 16 86 77 9 1.0 0 2 0 1 17 17 17 0 8
2007 STL 14 75 63 12 3.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2008 STL 16 63 52 11 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 171 725 593 132 5.5 3 4 0 20 237 12 43 2 66

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Post-playing career[edit]

Chavous has been featured on various sports programs as an analyst of college football talent, especially in regards to their potential for the National Football League draft and is currently a color analyst and draft analyst for CBS Sports. Chavous was one of the lead analysts on the NFL Network's first-ever coverage of the draft at Radio City Music Hall in 2005. Along with host Rich Eisen and NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock, the trio covered all of the NFL Network's two-day weekend.

Chavous' website, DraftNasty.com, covers the NFL Draft on a year-round basis. Chavous and his scouts tour college campuses to find NFL Draft prospects and related issues to spotlight.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Chavous is the nephew of former Denver Broncos defensive end Barney Chavous. He is also the cousin of Fred Vinson, former NFL and Vanderbilt University football player.

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