DL Bradley Chubb ready to make impact in NFL

Posted Mar 3, 2018

Defensive Lineman Bradley Chubb spoke at the NFL Combine on Saturday: 

At this point in the week, you’ve heard all about Saquon Barkley and the quarterback quartet at the NFL Scouting Combine. Even an interior offensive lineman got some love.

But what about Bradley Chubb?

Perhaps it’s because everything is shinier on offense, or the simple fact that defensive players don’t work out until the second-to-last day here in Indianapolis. While the real reason is probably somewhere in between, you shouldn’t sleep on the defensive end from North Carolina State.

“My confidence level is going to say I’m the best player [in the draft],” Chubb said Saturday afternoon at the Indiana Convention Center. “I feel like I put it on tape for four years, good film. I feel like I’m the best player. I’m not going to say one person’s better than me. There are a lot of great players. Saquon Barkley put up ridiculous numbers yesterday. Josh Allen, Josh Rosen -- all the quarterbacks you’re hearing about, a lot of great players. I just feel like I’m up there at the top.”

And he is, according to most rankings by draft analysts.

Chubb picked up first-team All-American and All-ACC honors in his senior season in addition to winning the 2017 Hendricks (best defensive end) and Bronko Nagurski (best defender) awards. He finished second in the nation with 26 tackles for loss, including 10 sacks and three forced fumbles.

That certainly makes him an intriguing prospect for Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who said in his introductory press conference that no matter how much the game changes, you still need to run the ball, stop the run, and rush the passer.

Chubb could take care of the latter two.

“It impacts the game tremendously,” Chubb said of his position. “If a team doesn’t have a quarterback, they don’t really have anything. My job is to get after one of the best players on the field, one of the highest-paid players on the field. It changes the dynamics of the game. You see in the Super Bowl, sack-caused-fumble ends the game. Take it back to when the Broncos won, Von Miller just going crazy in that game.”

As for stopping the run, Chubb feels like it is an overlooked aspect of his game.

“I do feel like it’s a little under-talked about, but in this game it’s about getting after the quarterback,” he said. “A lot of people that’s their main focus. I can do both. That’s a positive in my game. I can do both. If you want to talk about the pass rush, that’s perfectly fine with me.”

Chubb played in a 4-3 defense during his four years in college, so that’s where he is more comfortable right now. But he said he would still be a good fit in a 3-4.

Giants coach Pat Shurmur brought on James Bettcher to run his defense after three successful seasons as the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator. If you had to label his defense, it would be 3-4. But “multiple” is a better description.

Besides, any coach worth his salt will maximize the strengths of a player like Chubb.

“I think I fit pretty well,” Chubb said of possibly playing in a 3-4 scheme. “If you watched my film throughout college, I stood up and dropped a lot as well. I not only pass rushed, I dropped and covered backs, covered tight ends. So I wouldn’t be uncomfortable doing it.”

You can bet on him figuring out. Football is in Chubb’s DNA.

His father, Aaron, played at Georgia and his brother, Brandon, played linebacker at Wake Forest and now for the Detroit Lions. If they weren’t enough, his cousin, Nick, was also invited to the combine as a standout running back out of Georgia.

"Growing up I watched my brother just be in the gym 24/7,” Chubb said. “My uncle had a gym that he worked us out in, had a lot of guys in there. Just 24/7 I saw my brother working. I was about in the eighth grade when I saw him doing this, so I’m like, ‘Man, if I want to go to the next level like he is, I’ve got to do something different.’ Just putting my head down, running to the ball.

“In high school, there was nothing better than hearing your name called over the PA announcer when you make a tackle. So I’d try to be all over the field, just try to make tackles to get my name called so I could walk through school and everybody would say, ‘Hey, good game.’”

Soon it will be Roger Goodell saying his name into the microphone.