New York Giants Draft Profile: Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 25: Bradley Chubb (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 25: Bradley Chubb (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

A profile of potential New York Giants draft pick, Bradley Chubb from North Carolina State.

The New York Giants are officially in the market for an edge rusher. Trading Jason Pierre-Paul has left a void on the defensive line. “JPP” was in his prime, only 29 years old. Last season he put up 8.5 sacks and seven sacks the year before. His career high came in 2014 with 12.5 sacks. The Giants gave up a talented guy in this trade and they need to add a presence on the edge. They are in position to make a move on this with the number two overall draft choice.

With that need, the Giants have started to look. One guy on their radar will be coming in for a visit in the coming weeks, so we look at him today. That player is Bradley Chubb out of North Carolina State. Many regard him as the top edge rusher in this draft so let’s have a look.

We start by looking at his numbers while in school:

Defense & Fumbles Table
TacklesDef IntFumbles
*2014North Carolina StateACCFRDE22240.00.0000000
*2015North Carolina StateACCSODE1327396610.55.0100.00102
*2016North Carolina StateACCJRDE1332245621.010.0000113
*2017North Carolina StateACCSRDE1239337223.010.0000201
CareerNorth Carolina State1009819854.525.0100.00416

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The numbers don’t lie on this player. He was basically either taking classes or living in the offensive backfield. 44 TFL’s in two years is a lot, and back to back ten sack seasons is impressive. The numbers indicate a player that is going to be putting a hurting on many an NFL QB in his career.



WEIGHT: 269 pounds

ARM LENGTH: 34 inches

HANDS: 9 7/8 inches

At the NFL Combine, Chubb ran a 4.65 in the forty yard dash. That’s fast. J.J Watt ran a 4.84, for comparison sake. He also posted a 36 inch vertical jump and 24 reps on the bench press.

Before we see for ourselves, we hear briefly from Lance Zierlein:

"Strengths Looks the part. Long-limbed with broad chest, built shoulders and thick legs. Good combination of size and athleticism. Sets and holds the edge with wide base. Major disruptor who can get into gaps and drive up the field to take it off schedule. Fights back against wash down blocks.Weaknesses Needs to time up hand swipes and initial hand usage earlier. Athletic tackles set into him before he gets rush momentum going. Not a natural hip-flipper. Plays top-heavy at times. Needs to play under control."

Now let’s see for ourselves by looking at some tape:

Next: Giants reaction to the JPP trade

It is fun to watch Bradley Chubb use his speed to his advantage. He sees ball he finds ball and nobody can get in his way. Multiple times in that video we see him making a break to the ball before the lineman even has time to react. That shows innate football instincts and great speed. Neither of those can be taught. There is special talent in this man.

His weaknesses can be improved. He needs to use his hands quicker. When he doesn’t get his hands up first he is often overpowered. Chubb needs to be the aggressor and get his hands up on his man first. He also needs to make better use of power moves. It seems as though if he can’t win on speed alone he loses the battle. Chubb can become devastating with some power moves added to his arsenal.

All of that can be taught. Speed and instincts cannot be taught. The Giants would be well-served to make this guy their choice at number two overall.