Greg Gabriel: Breaking down North Carolina State DE Bradley Chubb

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Good football players are both fun to watch and fun to write up. Such was the case with North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb. 2017 will be Chubb’s third year as a starter for the Wolfpack. As a recruit coming out of high school, Chubb was rated as a 3-star prospect and most schools were recruiting him as a linebacker. He was listed at that time as being 6-3, 220 pounds. As a freshman he played linebacker and got playing time mostly on special teams. After spending time in the weight room, he was moved to defensive end as a sophomore and became a starter. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

North Carolina State lists him as being 6-4, 275 pounds, but I think that he is closer to 6-foot-3. He has a solid frame with long arms. He is a good-to-real-good athlete with balance and change of direction. He is more quick than fast and shows a quick first step. While he is not really a speed defensive end, he plays faster than he may time. I estimate he will run in the high 4.7’s. His quickness off the ball and his change of direction allow him to play faster what he will time. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

For the most part, Chubb plays on the short side of the field and almost always from a 3-point stance. His snap reaction and first step are very good and he stays low when coming out of his stance. For a college player, he has very good hand use and seldom let’s a blocker get into his body. He has the strength and power to 2-gap an opponent and seldom gives ground. In the run game he often is able to get penetration and force the runner to change direction. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Chubb has good instincts and reactions and doesn’t get caught out of position. He can shed quickly and get to the ball. I like the way he plays contain and does a good job turning run plays back to the inside. With his quick get-off, he makes a number of plays in the backfield. In 2016, he had 58 total tackles including 22 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. I look for these numbers to improve in 2017 because of Chubb’s added experience and strength. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

While Chubb wasn’t a dominant pass rusher in 2016, he was good and very consistent. He can bull rush or use moves and has a variety of counter moves and is proficient with inside/out moves or the opposite. His use of his hands is what helps him with his pass rush, as he does not have dominant speed. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

As for the next level, right now I see Chubb as being able to play either end in a 4-3 but the left side would be his best. Because of his quickness and athleticism, the 3-4 teams will work him out as a linebacker to see if he can drop into coverage and play in space. He has some experience in coverage but it is minimal. With his frame, he may be able to grow into a five-technique, but I doubt he can get bigger than 285-290. We will know more come February. As of now, I don’t see Chubb as a first-round selection, but he could easily go in the second. With a strong 2017 season and a strong Combine, then he may very well join the conversation as a possible top-round guy. He is a top competitor who goes from snap to whistle and you can’t find enough of those types of players. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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