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#5 Broncos: DE Bradley Chubb

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Overview
A three-year starter at N.C. State, Chubb played predominantly as the boundary defensive end in a three-point stance, seeing snaps on both the left and right sides of the line. He improved each season in Raleigh (both on tape and in the stat sheet), finishing his career with the school records for sacks and tackles for loss, breaking Mario Williams records.

BACKGROUND
A three-star defensive end recruit out of high school, Bradley Chubb, who is a descendant of the well-known Chubb family who founded Chubbtown, Ga. in the 1860s, missed most of his junior year at Hillgrove High School due to a knee injury, which concerned several of the colleges pursuing him. He was set to attend Michigan State (his only offer) until N.C. State entered the picture and Chubb elected to stay closer to home, committing to the Wolfpack.

He spent most of his true freshman in the linebacker meeting room and on special teams before moving to defensive end as a sophomore where he started every game in 2015, posting 69 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. As a junior, Chubb was elected a team captain and changed his jersey number to No. 9 to honor former N.C. State pass rusher Mario Williams. He finished the 2016 season fourth in the FBS in tackles for loss (22.0), adding a team-best 10.5 sacks to earn Wolfpack Defensive MVP honors. Chubb received "round two" grades from NFL teams and he decided to return for

Analysis
STRENGTHS
Has the look of a NFL defensive end with broad shoulders, filled out frame and the length to initiate contact. Long, efficient strides to run the arc and create a path around the corner. Uses bend, flexible hips and strong footwork to take sharp angles to the ballcarrier. Showcases his dominant arm to move blockers with brute power. Quick outside-in move, making himself skinny to work through tight spaces. Technically sound pass rusher, using his hands to work off contact and force offensive holding.

Quick to process the backfield action, track the football and close on the ballcarrier - disciplined in his pursuit. Gains outside leverage as a run defender to string out and contain runs, filtering the ballcarrier back inside. Physical tackler and looks to bury his target with violence without sacrificing fundamentals.

Nonstop hustle when on the field, showing consistent effort - loves to talk and win the mental game through intimidation. Highly productive career as a three-year starter. Football bloodlines - father (Aaron) played college football at Georgia; older brother (Brandon) played college football at Wake Forest; cousin (Nick) played running back at Georgia and projected top-100 draft choice in the 2018 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler 11/28/2017

WEAKNESSES
Pads tend to rise off the snap, losing point of attack leverage. Doesn't have elite get-off burst or edge speed to win the corner on pure athleticism alone, allowing offensive tackles to mirror him outside. Finds himself too far upfield often, taking himself out of the play. Deep defensive line rotation at N.C. State helped him stay fresh for all four quarters. Needs to eliminate the discipline lapses and avoid late, emotional hits. - Dane Brugler 11/28/17

COMPARES TO: Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals – Although Chubb is more technically proficient coming out of college, the long strides, strong hands and relentless motor to the quarterback are reminiscent of Jones.

IN OUT VIEW: Chubb isn't a quick-twitch speed demon off the edge who relies on athleticism alone, but he offers NFL-level acceleration and juice in his pursuit. He displays the combination of flexibility, length and hand use to consistently patch together an effective pass rush sequence, including insistent energy and power mid-rush to counter blockers. With his competitive make-up and diverse skill-set to defeat blocks in multiple ways, Chubb projects as an immediate NFL starter who will hold up vs. the run and find ways to disrupt the pocket - a top-10 player in the 2018 NFL Draft.