Bradley Chubb Draft Profile
Bradley Chubb Draft Profile
Get to know Bradley Chubb: Football runs in the blood of the Chubb family. Bradley’s father, Aaron, was a star linebacker at Georgia. His brother, Brandon, was a very good linebacker at Wake Forest. And yes, he is related (cousin) to Georgia’s senior running back, Nick Chubb. Bradley is the most talented of them all, showing off his wares during a first-team All-American and first-team All-ACC senior season where he won the 2017 Hendricks (best defensive end) and Bronko Nagurski (best defender) Awards. He finished second in the FBS with 26 tackles for loss and lit up quarterbacks 10 times, breaking up two passes, in addition to forcing three fumbles. He had a second-team All-ACC (coaches) and team Defensive MVP junior season (22 tackles for loss ranked in the top four nationally, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles).
- Quick burst off the snap
- Great lateral movement
- Footwork is ideal
- Versatile–drops into coverage in NC State’s scheme
- Best pass rusher in the draft class
- Has an array of pass rush moves
- High motor
Analysis: Bradley Chubb looks the part of a Top 10 NFL Draft pick. His numbers back it up, but watching his tape, there wasn’t one game where I didn’t come away saying, “wow”. He is a major disruptor who can get into gaps and drive up the field to take it off schedule. Fights back against wash down blocks. Relentless and rabid in approach. Plays on bouncy feet. Range to constrict backside lanes and chase play side. Doesn’t quit on plays and makes tackles downfield. Runs feet through contact and is a frame-on-frame tackler. Actively searches to strip the ball. Has experience standing. I didn’t watch a lot of NC State during the season, but when I put on Chubb’s tape I was floored how often the Wolfpack used him in coverages. Surprisingly, he is able to drop, open hips and roam in coverage. Good body control. Hands are quick, talented and violent. Runs the rush arc with acceleration around the corner. Absolute terror on twists. Grinds through inside edge of a tackle.
- Fails to ‘set the edge’ on occasions
- Can get ‘too fancy’ with pass rush moves
- Would like to see more power from bull rush
Analysis: Similar to my No.1 defensive lineman Vita Vea, Chubb’s weaknesses are more nitpicking than anything else. He could use better knee bend when rushing the passer and do so under more control. A powerful OT in the NFL can knock Chubb off his spot without he proper balance and technique. He gets overly involved with initial contact and will lose sight of ball carriers. Chubb owns a solid pass rush repertoire, but does not use his bull rush often–in the NFL, the lineman will learn your pass rush techniques and moves–owning a powerful bull rush will be able to keep them on edge, not sure what you will throw at them next. Balance though contact is inconsistent due to pad level. Can improve shed timing at point of attack.
Round Projection: Top 5
NFL Comparison: Demarcus Lawrence
Draft Rank: 3rd overall