Carolina Panthers 2018 NFL Draft Target: Bradley Chubb

If the Carolina Panthers want to draft a defensive end in next year’s NFL draft this is another player to keep an eye on…..

Continuing the series we take a look at a prospect the Carolina Panthers may have their sights on. Using a combination of a prospects talent and measurables, while mixing them with the team’s potential need at defensive end this is one prospect that could be the right fit for the Panthers moving forward.

Why would the Panthers be interested?

Age on the defensive line isn’t quite worrisome at the moment but they could use an injection of youth, to mix with the veteran pass rushers. If Julius Peppers calls it quits after the season and Charles Johnson starts to slow down, the need would grow significantly.

The NFL Draft would make sense to address the need even though the Panthers did use a third round pick on DE Daeshon Hall out of Texas A&M in the 2017 NFL draft. Hall is filled with potential and he’s in a position to learn from some of the best to wear Panther uniforms.

Also the very effective Mario Addison is back in Carolina with a new deal but he also an aging veteran and will be 30 at the beginning of the 2017 season.

So who’s going to carry the torch of the Panther pass rush?

Bradley Chubb sure looks the part and would make sense. One reason is that he already benefits from playing  in a 4-3 defense at North Carolina State. The first thing that jumps off the screen when watching Chubbs’ tape is his “ball get off” as well as his motor. He doesn’t give up on plays and his ability to convert speed to power really makes it hard to block him off the edge.

Seems like a perfect fit in this Carolina Panthers’ defense, right? I think so too.

NOTABLE GAMES:

Chubb finished last season with 10 ½ sacks and rose to the occassion with some of his best games in  NC State’s biggest games.

In a near upset of eventual national champion Clemson, Chubb recorded eight total tackles and seemed to get the best of Clemson’s Mitch Hyatt, who may have be a first round pick as well.

Chubb also had a great showing the week prior recording three sacks against Notre Dame as his team held their offense to three points.

The senior is back for his final season, and should be a first round pick in the 2018 NFL draft.