Bradley Chubb: I’m the best player in the draft
Many mock drafts have the Colts selecting North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the third overall pick. Chubb, though, said he’s the best player in the draft.
A three-year starter, Chubb saw snaps on both the left side and the right side of the line. He broke Mario Williams’ school records for sacks and tackles for loss.
Chubb, who won the Nagurski Trophy and the Hendricks Award last season, said he will participate in everything this weekend.
The Browns couldn’t have hoped for a better situation after the Jets traded for the third overall pick. Cleveland will have its choice of quarterbacks with the first pick and will likely be in a position to land the top non-quarterback prospect with the fourth selection.
Even though the Browns already have Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah at defensive end, the defense finished last in 2017 with 142 pressures from its front seven, according to Pro Football Focus.
The reigning ACC Defensive Player of Year finished second in major college football last season with 26 tackles for loss. Chubb also tied for second among draft prospects with 55 pressures, per PFF. Chubb isn’t quite the prospect Garrett was a year ago because he’s not quite as explosive or flexible off the edge. But he is more refined and better against the run than Garrett was.
Great quarterback play and consistent defensive pressure drive the NFL’s best teams. The Browns hope to get both with their first two selections.
I think I’m a very confident guy, Bridgewater said Wednesday. I believe in myself, I believe in the skill-set I was blessed with, and I’ll just leave it at that. I’m very confident in myself, but at the same time I do want to do whatever I can to help this team win.
What he did not express great confidence in, at least publicly, is the health of his surgically repaired knee, an injury that essentially kept him off the field the past two seasons. Bridgewater would not say he will be ready in time for the Jets’ spring workouts and the organized team activity sessions.