Yes, this one was tough when it came to the Denver Broncos’ face of the franchise. However, star receiver Demaryius Thomas was shipped to Houston, Emmanuel Sanders was lost for the season, Case Keenum was mediocre, and Von Miller might be on his way out the door as the Broncos are considering a full rebuild.
In other words, the team needs a star to build around, and that star player is pass rusher Bradley Chubb.
Chubb has been a dangerous pass rusher since high school, playing both defensive end and outside linebacker for Hillgrove High School in Georgia. After getting offers from Duke, West Virginia, Wake Forest, and East Carolina among others, Chubb committed to North Carolina State.
After receiving playing time on special teams during his freshman season, Chubb secured a spot in the starting rotation before entering his sophomore season.
During his sophomore year, Chubb amassed 66 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 5 sacks, an interception, and two forced fumbles. It was a sign of things to come for the budding pass rusher.
His dominance continued into his junior season, where he recorded 10 sacks, 21 tackles for a loss, and 56 total tackles. NFL Draft Scouts stated he could’ve been a second round draft pick in 2017 had he decided to enter following his junior season, prompting him to stay in school for one more year.
It was an excellent decision, as he totaled 72 tackles, 23 for a loss, and 10 more sacks, leading some to believe he could go as high as number two overall to the New York Giants.
Chubb’s collegiate accomplishments include winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, First-Team All-ACC Honors in, the Ted Hendricks Award, and Unanimous First-Team All-American honors in 2017.
The Denver Broncos selected Chubb with the fifth overall pick in 2018 after the Giants, New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns passed him in favor of Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, Sam Darnold, and Denzel Ward, all of whom have had decent to Pro Bowl level rookie seasons.
Going to Denver was especially impressive for Chubb, as he stated linebacker Von Miller was one of the players he modeled his game after. Many analysts also compared Chubb to Miller. Best yet, Miller was hoping for a complementary edge rusher with Chubb’s potential and in 2018, the two got to experience playing side by side with one another.
As a rookie, Chubb recorded 60 tackles, 12 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.
For his NFL accomplishments, Chubb received recognition by being named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2018.
Chubb has already made a name for himself at the NFL level and if Miller walks or is shipped elsewhere, he will be the next face of the Denver Broncos’ franchise.