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The son of four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Frank Minnifield, Chase turned into a pretty decent player in his own right over the past two years at Virginia, picking off nine passes and earning a reputation as a force in the secondary. Despite his impressive junior and senior seasons, scouts are somewhat divided on Minnifield's potential at the next level. Some see him as a shutdown corner, while others feel he lacks the athleticism and necessary bulk to be more than a part-time contributor. Minnifield has solid size but could stand to add some muscle if he wants to be effective playing in press-man coverage in the NFL. He does have long arms, and some additional strength could really make him a force against any type of receiver. He runs vertically as well as perhaps any corner in the draft, and is excellent at turning and locating when the ball is in the air. Getting into position to chase, however, sometimes poses a problem. Minnifield struggles with his backpedal occasionally, and he also has quite a bit to work on in run support. He'd likely work out best in zone coverage until he commits to stopping the run and works on his fluidity in turning, but the tools are there for Minnifield to eventually be a star in the defensive backfield. His pedigree and his potential should make him no worse than a second-round pick, and it's not out of the question that he could hear his name called by the end of the first.