Because most rookies don’t get enough credit, we’ll be highlighting some top performances by the NFL’s next generation.
Defense Week 6
Bradley Chubb, LB, Denver Broncos
Everyone knew that coming out of college Bradley Chubb was an aggressive and versatile linebacker. His measurables in the pre-draft combine told the same story that the tape did. 6’4”, 269lbs, with a 4.65 forty time. He was an absolute monster in college, recording ten sacks and at least twenty tackles for loss in each of his final two seasons at N.C. State. In our mock draft, I called him “a sure thing” and “the best pass rusher in the draft”. He hasn’t disappointed. During the combine interviews, Chubb mentioned that he models his game after Broncos defensive superstar Von Miller. So, when Chubb was selected fifth overall by the Broncos, he was excited to get a chance to play right alongside his idol. I doubt he thought that he’d soon be playing at the same level. Since coming to Denver, Chubb has been outstanding, and his skills have translated perfectly to the next level. He leads all rookies in sacks so far this season. Chubb shined in the Broncos week six loss to the top ranked LA Rams, recording three sacks and five combined tackles. His efforts helped keep the Rams high flying offense in check, forcing them to run the ball instead, and the Rams barely escaped with their perfect record intact.
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