The 2017 NFL Draft was stacked to the brim with quality edge rushers. Starting with the No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett, a total of six were drafted in the first round. While most drafts won’t be able to top that number, the 2018 NFL Draft has a good chance.
LSU’s Arden Key is the consensus top edge rusher in next year’s class. Harold Landry out of Boston College and Missouri’s Marcell Frazier are also among the top players at the position. There’s one player in particular, though, that deserves to be in that conversation.
That player is North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb.
After watching a few of his games, I came to the foregone conclusion that he doesn’t have a true weakness. While the aforementioned Key and Landry specialize as speed rushers, Chubb is an all-around solid defender.
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At 6’4″ and 275 pounds, he has the size of a pure power rusher. Because he’s bigger than most edge rushers, he has impressive sheer power to overwhelm offensive linemen at the point of attack. Will Lomas of Fansided posted this GIF on Twitter that displays Chubb’s power:
— King Conklin (@jlomas72) July 16, 2017
Chubb isn’t just a big brute, though: he’s a solid athlete, as well. He has an explosive first step, and has enough athleticism to beat offensive tackles off the edge.
He can rush the passer and stop the run at a high level, which is made evident by his stats. Last year, Chubb racked up 10 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss. Those totals were good enough to make him voted onto the preseason All-ACC team last month. In his sophomore season, he had five sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss.
Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting shares my sentiment that Chubb is a first-round talent:
He'll be a first-rounder, prob top-10 pick in 2018. One of my early favorites.
— Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting) April 30, 2017
Chubb is capable of being a 3-4 outside linebacker, but his best fit in the NFL would be as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense. He’s decent when dropping back in coverage, but he’s not as fast and light as some of the other edge rushers in this class.
The brother of fellow 2018 NFL Draft prospect (and Georgia running back) Nick Chubb, Bradley Chubb enters this year as one of the best senior players in college football. With another good year, he can cement himself as one of the best players in next year’s draft.
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