He arrived at Arizona State way back in 2016, redshirting his first year on campus. From there, Lucas’ game took off, spending time under NFL legend and current Sun Devils’ head coach, Herm Edwards. Then, in 2019, Edwards’ added another veteran defensive mind to his staff, this time in the form of long-time NFL coach Marvin Lewis. Not a bad duo to lean on for a young cornerback like Lucas, who is still learning the position.
With COVID shortening the 2020 college football season, Lucas opted to return to Arizona State in 2021 as a sixth-year senior. He served as team captain for the Sun Devils - logging 34 total tackles, and six pass break-ups during his final collegiate season.
As a 25-year-old rookie, Lucas is in an interesting position. Ultimately, he is a seventh-round pick being added to a secondary room that currently has more questions than it does answers. Where will Jeff Okudah be at in his recovery process by the time the season begins? Same question goes for Jerry Jacobs? Will someone like Mike Hughes be able to revive his career in Detroit?
Questions abound in the defensive backfield, but one spot people are beginning to look at Lucas being a potential fit for is the nickel cornerback position. Lucas doesn’t possess elite long speed, but he does have good short area quickness and understands what is happening in front of him. And one starting position that seems particularly unsettled, at least for now, is the slot cornerback position.
Initially, Lucas will likely have to earn playing time via special teams. But if we are talking about defensive snaps, excelling in the slot appears to be his quickest path to playing time as a rookie.
Let’s start our look at Lucas by taking a look at a video put together by the Lions.
Terrific play by #Lions NB Chase Lucas. Allows short cushion, transfers from backpedal to carry WR, and keeps eyes on the QB. Uses the sideline to squeeze the route, understands when to turn and locate the ball, and torques his body for the PBU.— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) May 9, 2022
(Also, find a hype man like this) pic.twitter.com/iyMta4AF8Y
They say the backpedal is dead!! They lied! Beautiful job by ASU corner Chase Lucas. Staying square in his pedal. Active feet. Nice clean break. Zero wasted steps. Good rep pic.twitter.com/Y6ugkME9R8— CROCK-MAN⚡️ (@eric_crocker) December 6, 2020
What a start for ASU. Sophomore Chase Lucas with the interception. pic.twitter.com/9fwxe78ud0— Harrison Klopp (@HarrisonKlopp) September 23, 2018
ASU has now forced turnovers on two straight drives as Chase Lucas gets in on the action with his first interception of the season. The electric cornerback's play has been up-and-down this season, but this was an exceptional play to fool Huntley and set ASU up at the Utah 28. pic.twitter.com/hWBXmP84Gn— Jacob Rosenfarb (@jacobrosenfarb) October 20, 2019
Strong start for ASU cornerback Chase Lucas, who takes down the Sacramento State tight end with an impressive open field tackle. pic.twitter.com/nANhKfWVIn— Jacob Rosenfarb (@jacobrosenfarb) September 7, 2019