N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb, an answer to Bucs’ sack woes?

Florida State running back Jacques Patrick gets stopped by NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. (Monica Herndon, Times)
Florida State running back Jacques Patrick gets stopped by NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. (Monica Herndon, Times)
Published April 13 2018

Bradley Chubb

Position: Defensive end

College: North Carolina State

Height/weight: 6-4, 269

Draft projection: Round 1

Why he would make sense for the Bucs: The Bucs had an NFL-worst 22 sacks last season and no player has recorded 10 sacks in one season in Tampa Bay since Simeon Rice in 2005. Chubb is the best edge rusher in the draft. Even though the Bucs traded for DE Vinny Curry and Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, they need to develop an elite rusher. Paul is 29 and DE Noah Spence is coming off his second shoulder surgery in as many years.

Why he would not be a good fit for the Bucs: Chubb is likely to be gone long before the Bucs make the No. 7 overall selection. The Giants at No. 2, the Broncos at No. 5 and the Colts at No. 6 are the likely landing spots for Chubb. He's also not great at the point of attack and needs to improve getting off blocks.

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Three questions for Chubb

What type of player are you?
Just high motor, high energy, passionate, just a guy who's going to get after their quarterback, get after the guy with the ball. Whoever has the ball in their hands, I'm running down 50 yards down the field just to get that ball. I'm doing a lot of great things with the pass rushing, doing a lot of great things stopping the run. Had pretty good season, I would say. Just a guy who's going to play with a relentless motor.

Where do you fit among the top players in the draft?
My confidence level is going to say I'm the best player. I feel like I put it on tape for four years. Good film. I feel like I'm the best player. I'm not going to say one person's better than me. There are a lot of great players. Saquon Barkley put up ridiculous numbers (at the combine). Josh Allen, Josh Rosen. All the quarterbacks you're hearing about, lot of great players. I just feel like I'm up there at the top.


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What's the story about your habit of swiping opponents' towels?
It's just something I do to get in people's heads. I do it in light-heartedness, then it came to the point where I saw it really bothered (Clemson's Kelly Bryant). So if I see something bothers you, I'm just going to keep doing it. That's just who I am. You can ask my brother. If I see something that bothers him, I just keep doing it. I saw that it bothered him. They ended up winning the game, but it got in his head a little bit.