One of the most coveted pass rusher coming out from the 2018 NFL Draft is no other than the North Carolina State University linebacker, Bradley Chubb. He was drafted 5th overall in the first round by the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. Here’s all you need to know about him.
Bradley Chubb’s Biography, Age
The Broncos linebacker was born to Aaron and Stacey Chubb on June 24, 1996, in his hometown of Marietta Georgia as Bradley Austin Chubb. His family is quite an athletic one with football running in their blood. He has an elder brother, Brandon Chubb, a linebacker who played his collegiate career at Wake Forest and signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016 as an undrafted free agent and their father played the gridiron in Georgia where he was a star linebacker and put his NFL career in motion. Aaron was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1989 as a late-round draft pick.
The spirit of athleticism is not restricted to their immediate family. Chubb’s cousin, Nick Chubb played for the Georgia Bulldogs as a running back and was a fellow draftee in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was a second-round pick (35th) by the Cleveland Browns.
Bradley attended Hillgrove High School where he was a hybrid linebacker-defensive end. During his senior year, he helped his team reach the Georgia 6A quarterfinals. He was also selected to play in the Cobb Country All-Star Senior Bowl. With his high school career nearing its end, he got a slew of offers from different universities including Duke, West Virginia, Wake Forest, East Carolina but opted for North Carolina State University, officially committing to them on his 17th birthday (June 24, 2013).
At NC, Chubb had a dominant career and saw his lofty potentials honed. Although he did not get much playing time in his freshman season, as he played mostly on special teams, he broke the starting lineup by the beginning of his sophomore season, having moved from outside linebacker to defensive end. He continued as a starter into his junior and senior seasons, opening 38 of the 49 games he played.
Chubb ended his college career as a decorated player. In 2017, he received several accolades including being named first-team All ACC, unanimous first-team All-America, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defender) and the Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end).
Following a highly successful collegiate gridiron phase, he was widely considered the top pass rusher in the 2018 NFL draft and was projected to go in the first round. True to the projections, he was drafted by the Denver Broncos as the No. 5 overall pick. Additionally, with his combination of size, athleticism, and technique, he is already trending toward the starting lineup.
The Bronco is still in his rookie season and has not had any pro experience, thus, the NFL stats have not started streaming in. Nevertheless, here are some of his college stats that you would find simply amazing. Highly talented, he won several awards which highlights his defensive prowess including the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the nation’s top defensive player -becoming the first NC player to win the award.
Through his collegiate career, Chubb totaled 203 tackles (103 solo), 26 sacks (157 yards), three passes defense, one interception, eight forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He became a career leader in NC State Wolfpack history in sacks (26) and tackles for loss (60), breaking the elite defensive end and 2006 NFL Draft’s No 1 pick, Mario William’s marks in both categories. Following the record-breaking marks, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, the second NC player since 2000 to win the award.
In his final collegiate season, Chubb led the ACC in sacks with 10, had 73 tackles (40 solo), 23 of which are tackles for loss – ranking him second among NCAA Division I players in 2017, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Prior to his junior season in high school, he only had about 205 pounds on his 6’1″ body frame but a growth spurt had him at 6’4″ and 225 lbs by his junior season. However, he grew into a 269 pounds pass-rushing force for the Wolfpack. His height and weight notwithstanding, he shows the kind of quickness, bend, and athleticism normally associated much smaller players.
With a combination of athleticism, size, power, and a technique which is outstanding as well, he does a really good work using his hands (quick and violent pair), another striking feature in his athletically ideal body. His footwork is top notch too, to say the least. Bradley Chubb is long-limbed with a broad chest, well-built shoulders, and thick legs.
His body measurements include:
Height: 6’4″ (1.94 m)
Weight: 269 lb (122 kg)
Hand Size: 97⁄8 inches
Arm Length: 34 inches
Other Facts About Bradley Chubb
Bradley mentioned Von Miller and Khalil Mack as players whom he models his play during the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
To honor the NC legendary defensive end, Williams, Bradley Chubb switched his jersey to number 9 which he wore in his junior and senior seasons.
He was a three-star recruit but missed most of his junior season in high school due to a knee injury.
His parents are both University of Georgia alumni and he would have loved to play for the Bulldogs but for his low ranking and injury.
Bradley may be a great player on the field, but off the field, he cuts an interesting personality as well. He can be playful. For instance, he made national headlines when he snatched Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant’s towel three different times during the first half of the Wolfpack’s 38-31 loss to the Tigers on November 4, 2017.