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2018 NFL Draft Profile: Bradley Chubb could inject talent into Lions’ defensive line

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One of the hottest names tied to the Lions in the upcoming draft is NC State’s Bradley Chubb.

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Bradley Chubb started 2017 as one of three projected top pass rushers in the 2018 class, and while Arden Key and Harold Landry have seen their stock drop due to different reasons, Bradley Chubb has seen no such dip in perceived value.

One of the most consistently productive players in college football, Chubb has been one of the key pieces of North Carolina State’s defensive front. Putting up double-digit sacks for a team whose next most productive pass rusher has only put up 3.5 sacks highlights just how dominant of a player he has been despite little threat from his teammates. He is a top target for any team in need of a pass rush in 2018.

Bradley Chubb

Defensive end

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 275 pounds

Current projection: Top 10 to late first round

One of the most dominant players in college football the past two seasons, Bradley Chubb has drawn near universal praise from scouts everywhere, with some looking at him as the best defensive prospect in the draft. Chubb is a bit shorter than Teryl Austin usually prefers in his pass rushers, but his overall size and athleticism are phenomenal when compared to the rest of this draft class, and Chubb is rightly a player considered near the top in even a strong draft class such as this one.

From Draft Wire, Luke Easterling:

“With two regular-season games and a bowl still to play, Chubb has already racked up 22.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, wrecking opposing blockers with regularity and forcing offensive coordinators to account for his presence on every snap. Despite commanding the most attention of anyone on the Wolfpack defense, Chubb continues to dominate.

His impressive production has been consistent, too. Only once this season has Chubb failed to register either a sack or a tackle for loss in a game.”

Stats:

2014 - 4 tackles

2015 - 66 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 10.5 TFL, 1 INT, 2 FF, 1 PD

2016 - 56 tackles, 10.0 sacks, 21.0 TFL, 3 FF, 1 FR, 1 PD

2017 (so far) - 66 tackles, 10.0 sacks, 22.0 TFL, 1 FF, 2 PD

A one-legged Ezekiel Ansah and emerging Anthony Zettel have not been enough to force opposing offenses to fear the Lions pass rush. A player like Bradley Chubb would more than just inject talent into a floundering unit, it could completely change the face of the Lions defense. With the Lions’ strength being a game-changing secondary, adding a talent who can get to the quarterback consistently may be enough to push this defense from inconsistent to powerful. Barring the team losing most of their remaining games, they’ll likely be out of range of drafting the talented Wolfpack star, but if he falls for some reason he could anchor this defensive line for years.