NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown: Bradley Chubb

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Other Breakdowns

Quenton Nelson – 93/100
Saquon Barkley
– 92/100
Tremaine Edmunds – 89/100
Derwin James – 88/100
Roquan Smith – 87/100
Minkah Fitzpatrick – 87/100
Harold Landry – 85/100
Will Hernandez – 84/100
Baker Mayfield
 – 84/100
Sam Darnold – 83/100
Josh Rosen – 83/100
Lamar Jackson – 82/100
Marcus Davenport – 82/100
Calvin Ridley – 81/100
Josh Allen – 77/100
Leighton Vander Esch – 77/100

Stats, Awards, and Accolades

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*All Stats via sports-reference.com*

Class: Senior
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 269 lbs
Awards and Accolades: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (2017), ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2017), First-team All-ACC (2017), Unanimous First-team All-American (2017)

After being a three-star prospect coming out of high school (#734 overall), Chubb received little playing time in his freshman season before bursting onto the scene in the second half of his sophomore year. Chubb’s tackle for loss number increased each year, signs that he will continue to improve with NFL coaching. He had a very good 40 time as well, running a 4.65 at around 270 pounds.

For this breakdown, I rewatched Chubb’s games from this year against South Carolina, Florida State, and Louisville. Those teams ranked 88th, 76th, and 5th in Bill Connely’s S&P+ offensive rankings. Chubb racked up two sacks each in the games against Florida State and Louisville, but did not record one against South Carolina.

Pros

Excellent hands
Good rip move
Can force fumbles
Quick off the edge
Strong bull rush
Powerful build
Great run defender
Holds his ground
Fights for every play
Good change of direction
Tantalizing upside
Fantastic dip move
Can beat double teams
Sheds blocks with hands
Good character

Cons

Not a fit for a 3-4 defense
Not ideal to be standing up on the edge
Sometimes gets hung up on blocks
Struggles to put together a combo of moves if first move does not succeed
Somewhat heavy, although does show decent speed

Grades

Hand Use/Pass Rush Moves – 9.5/10
Bend/Speed – 9/10
Run Defense – 9.5/10

Scheme Fits

4-3 Defensive End – 10/10
3-4 Line Backer – 6/10

Overall Grade: 89/100

A reminder, this where I think he should go, not where he will go, these rankings also DO NOT take into account positional importance

90+ Superstar
85+ Elite Player (Top Ten)
80+ First Round Talent
77+ Second Round Talent
74+ Third Round Talent
66+ Third Day Talent (Rounds 4-7)

10/10 Rating – Best in the class or close to it
7.5/10 Rating – Average
5/10 Rating – Poor

Chubb is likely to be the #3 prospect overall in this class. He is very fast for his weight, and while his bench press was about average among edge rushers, he does show good power on tape. Where Chubb makes his money is his various pass rushing moves. Chubb has a good repertoire of moves to choose from. He utilizes bull rushes, swims, spins, rips and more. The NC State edge is excellent in the run defense, and his motor is top notch, almost too good that sometimes he keeps going after the play is over. His violent hands are the best I’ve seen in this draft class, and he uses them to shes blocks against even the best tackles he faced. He has an elite ability to seal the edge with his speed and steer the runner back to the pocket, even against elite scramblers like Lamar Jackson.

All in all, Chubb is practically the perfect 4-3 defensive end, and while it would be nice if he were better equipped to transition to play either 3-4 linebacker or stand-up edge to fit whatever scheme he is drafted in, he is still an elite talent overall. His skill set fits your typical 4-3 edge rusher, he plays at his best with a hand in the ground, and that is ok. Chubb is athletic, quick off the edge, and can create game-changing plays with sacks and fumbles. He does not quite crack the score of 90, but very few do that with my scoring system. He will be a top-three player on my board, and will likely be one of the first six picks in the draft.

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