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2018 Prospect Primer: DE Bradley Chubb

Posted Feb 6, 2018

The defensive end out of North Carolina State is regarded as the number one defensive line prospect in this year’s draft by NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.

In the coming weeks leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, we will be taking a look at the number one prospect in each position according to Daniel Jeremiah’s Top 50 Prospect list on NFL.com.  Today’s spotlight falls on defensive end Bradley Chubb, a senior defensive lineman from North Carolina State who is regarded as the top defensive line prospect by more than just Jeremiah.

Chubb was a First-Team All-America and First-Team All-ACC selection in his senior season. He finished second in the FBS with 26 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, two pass breakups and three forced fumbles on the year. His performance was good enough to not only earn him the 2017 Hendricks Award for the best defensive end in the country, but he also won the Bronko Nagurski Award in 2017, given to college football’s best defender.

His senior season followed a junior campaign where he had 22 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and earned Second-Team All-ACC honors as well as NC State’s defensive MVP award.

With his wide stance, Chubb can set the edge as well as be an effective downfield tackler. His ball awareness is omnipresent, always looking to strip the ball from opposing running backs or quarterbacks. He has drawn an NFL comparison to Philadelphia Eagles’ Chris Long, who is currently celebrating his second Super Bowl in as many years.

Chubb is predicted to make an immediate impact to whichever team’s roster he ends up on, as much for his physical ability as his intangibles. The Chubb family is no stranger to football. Bradley’s father, Aaron, was a star linebacker at Georgia. His brother, Brandon, also played linebacker for Wake Forest. He is cousins with Georgia running back Nick Chubb, who enters the NFL Draft this year as well.

Jeremiah has Chubb going No. 3 overall to the Indianapolis Colts in his first mock draft of the year.