Denver Broncos: 2018 NFL Draft class preseason update
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 18: Linebacker Bradley Chubb #55 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with defensive back Justin Simmons #31 and defensive back Will Parks #34 after a tackle in the end zone for a first quarter safety against the Chicago Bears during an NFL preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 18, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Bradley Chubb, DE/OLB
The Denver Broncos were fortunate to see Bradley Chubb fall into their laps with the fifth overall pick.
Chubb is the best edge rusher to come out in the last few years. As stated above the Broncos did not necessarily need to select him. There seemed to be more pressing needs, but as good teams do, the Broncos bolstered an area of strength and took the best player on their board.
Chubb took awhile to adjust a few days into Training Camp, but as with any rookie or first-round pick, there will be struggles.
During the preseason and practices, Chubb showcased different parts of his game. He is capable of covering running backs on short routes behind the line of scrimmage. He did struggle in setting the edge in run defense in preseason week one; however, this is an aspect of his game that seemed to get better as games wore on.
Even into the first game, Chubb made a difference on one particular play stuffing the runner dead in his tracks.
No play in particular showcased his rare get-off more than the safety against the Chicago Bears. Whether it would have been a successful hand-off or not, Chubb was too fast for everyone on that particular play.
In short, it’s no surprise Chubb has had success in the games. It is well documented how great Chubb can be.
He will continue to be taught by pass rush coaching consultant DeMarcus Ware and teammate Von Miller.
His teammate Miller and the future Hall of Famer Ware are two of the best to ever pressure quarterbacks.
Chubb is on the right track to be a major contributor in week one.