Though the North Carolina State Wolfpack fell to 6-3 (4-1) on the season on Saturday to the No. 4 Clemson Tigers, that shouldn’t knock their star defensive player in senior defensive end Bradley Chubb out of the top 10 of the 2018 NFL Draft.
In nine games for the Wolfpack, Chubb has 53 tackles, 27 solo and 26 assists. 17.5 of those tackles went for a loss of yardage. He also has 7.5 quarterback sacks on the season. Oakland might already have an elite pass rusher in defensive end Khalil Mack and another solid one in outside linebacker Bruce Irvin.
However, Chubb could add more strength and versatility to the Oakland front-seven. At 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, Chubb could be an athletic freak playing in the Oakland pass rush. With Oakland picking presumably in the top 10 if things keep on going the way they’re going, it would make sense to target a senior leader and a hyper-productive player in Chubb.
His draft stock has been a very peculiar watch this season. Chubb has been a no-doubt top-60 player all season long. With the rise of North Carolina State in the ACC Atlantic, his climb into the top-10 isn’t all that surprising. If the season ended today, Oakland would draft Chubb out of North Carolina State at No. 7. He’s too versatile of a player to pass up.