Records keep falling.
If you think about it, top-five NFL draft picks usually work out. Unless it’s a quarterback, someone that’s highly though of enough out of college to be a top-five pick is good enough to be a solid NFL player.
There are guys that transcend even that and the Denver Broncos got one in Bradley Chubb. They say lightning doesn’t strike twice but Chubb has every bit of Von Miller‘s potential as a Broncos pass-rusher. With an inch and 30 pounds on Miller, Chubb also brings a run-stopping load that’s been a benefit for the Broncos defense in a time that looks transitional.
Before the season we wrote previews of each of the Broncos 2018 draft choices. This was Chubb’s. We may have been a bit over-the-top but Bradley has lived up to the hype and then some. He holds the Broncos rookie sack record (Von Miller) and is now just two shy of the NFL rookie sack record (Jevon Kearse).
Along with Miller, he forms the NFL’s most prolific sack duo. He is everything we were told he is and it’s good news with Miller inching ever-closer to the dreaded 30 year-old mark. Von will turn 30 before the next season begins. We’ve had plenty of pass rushers be productive well into their 30’s and beyond, pretty sure Julius Peppers is still drawing a paycheck in the NFL.
Von’s game is a little too predicated on speed to envision him as a 35 year-old demon but the security of Chubb on the other side will both keep the line productive and extend Miller’s effectiveness. It’s truly the best of all worlds for Denver and that’s what you are supposed to get from the fifth pick in the draft.