NFL Draft 2018 – Blue Chip DE Bradley Chubb Heads Defensive Class

Blue-Chip DE Bradley Chubb Heads Defensive Class

   Defensive Ends – Grade: B

    by Frank Coyle / Head Scout
        Positional Overview:
This year’s defensive end class is a strong group which could produce as many as four #1 picks. There are several quality blue chip prospects at the top and at least 3 should go in the top 20 selections. There could be as many as 10-12 in the top three rounds with as many as 15 thru the middle rounds. Bradley Chubb is the best defender in this class and could be a top five overall pick. Marcus Davenport is a probable top 10-15 first round choice and fits every front. Sam Hubbard and Arden Key figure in the mid to late first round. Both fit the two pro fronts, Hubbard down and Key up as an attack backer. Rasheem Green and DaShawn Hand fit a five-technique role and will likely come off the board in the 2nd day. Green has a high ceiling to be a three down five technique defender. Edge rushers are a premium with many going in the early rounds off big play potential. Duke Ejiofor and Kemoko Turay figure in the top 100 picks and fit the edge rusher role. Turay appeals to all clubs with his ability to play down and up off the edge. There should be an expected run throughout the top 150 picks especially from the 3rd thru the 5th rounds. Ade Aruna, Breeland Speaks and Josh Sweat will probably be chosen on the early middle rounds. Our highest rated small college prospect is John Franklin-Myers who had a strong postseason at the NFLPA All-star week and NFL Combine.  With the huge demand for rushers, clubs will draft into this group for tweener prospects. Expect approximately 25+ prospects chosen over the three-days with the importance of rushers playing a huge part in teams’ strategy. This is a top heavy and deep class through the middle rounds. Late April workout ACL injury to Kentavius Street leaves his draft status question.

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       NFL Teams in need:
1. Seahawks          4. Dolphins
2. Eagles               5. Panthers
3. Packers            6. Cardinals

  NFL Premier Player
           J.J. Watt
Blue Chip – Bradley Chubb
Blue Chip – Marcus Davenport
Red Chip – Sam Hubbard
Rising – Kemoko Turay
Falling – Kentavius Street
Underrated – Breeland Speaks
Overrated – Dorance Armstrong
Sleeper – John Franklin-Myers
Boom/Bust – Arden Key
Long term Gem – Rasheem Green
Overdrafted – Da’Shawn Hand

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Marcus Davenport
Best Rusher – Bradley Chubb
Best Run Stuffer – Sam Hubbard
Best Pursuit – Marcus Davenport
Shed Blocks – Arden Key
Recognition – Bradley Chubb
Best Intangibles – Sam Hubbard
Ball Instincts – Bradley Chubb
Strongest – Kentavius Street
Most Developed – Bradley Chubb

Top Defensive End Prospects 
1 Bradley Chubb – North Carolina St
2 Marcus Davenport – UTSA
3 * Arden Key – LSU
4 * Sam Hubbard – Ohio St
5 * Rasheem Green – USC
6 Da’Shawn Hand – Alabama
7 Duke Ejiofor – Wake Forest
8 Kemoko Turay – Rutgers
9 Andrew Brown – Virginia
10 * Dorance Armstrong – Kansas
11 Ade Aruna – Tulane
12 * Josh Sweat – Florida St
13 * Breeland Speaks – Ole Miss
14 Jalyn Holmes – Ohio St
15 Kylie Fitts – Utah
16 Chad Thomas – Miami
17 Tyquan Lewis – Ohio St
18 John Franklin-Myers – Stephen F. Austin
19 Justin Lawler – Southern Methodist
20 Kentavius Street – North Carolina St
21 * Jeff Holland – Auburn

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