With the 2018 NFL Draft fast approaching, final mock drafts are being published and circulating. Could a prospect that has been projected to be a top-five pick end up in Green Bay?
One element that goes into creating a mock draft is team needs. Where did the Green Bay Packers struggle last season and how can they improve via the draft?
The answer is obvious, defense. Yes, the team needs help at wide receiver with the departure of veteran wideout Jordy Nelson. Yes, they could use an offensive lineman to add depth.
That being said, several defensive playmakers have been mocked to the Packers, including Marcus Davenport, Josh Jackson, Denzel Ward, Harold Landry and more.
But one player who hasn’t been predicted to be selected by Green Bay is NC State’s Bradley Chubb, until now.
In Doug Farrar of Bleacher Report’s final mock draft, he believes the projected top-five pick could be available when the Packers are on the clock.
"“I don’t rate Bradley Chubb as highly as some do as a pure pass-rusher—he tends to disappear at times despite two 10-sack seasons in a row—but I really like him as an every-down lineman who can face up against the run and bring hits and hurries into the backfield.”"
Adding a player with Chubb’s skill set would immediately make an impact on Green Bay’s defense. The combination of Chubb, Mike Daniels, Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenny Clark screams potential.
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The 6-foot-4 defensive lineman had an illustrious four-year career for the Wolfpack. In his senior year he was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, a consensus All-America, the Bronko Nagurski Award recipient and the Ted Hendricks Award recipient.
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Chubb proved his dominance with impressive numbers. He ran a 4.65 40-yard dash, completed 24 reps on the bench press, 36.0 inch vertical jump and 121.0 inch broad jump.
With combine results similar to former first overall draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney, the likelihood of Chubb being available at 14 is very low.
Furthermore, Chubb’s combine grade at NFL.com is the third highest in this year’s draft class and he is the most superior player at his position.
He possess the size and athleticism to be a dominant rusher at the next level. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein believes he will have a smooth transition into the NFL, be an early pick and multi-time Pro Bowler.
If Chubb is available when the Packers are on the clock, they should run to the podium. But don’t be surprised if you hear his name called in the top-five.