Before the Broncos: Chubb (6-4, 275 pounds) played college football at North Carolina State. He ranks No. 12 in school history with 34 tackles for losses. And Chubb, a Georgia native, ranks No. 10 on the school’s all-time sacks list with 16.
Broncos tenure: Chubb, 25, hasn’t quite lived up to his draft status. He was drafted fifth overall in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. Then-Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods couldn’t believe Chubb was available. That’s partially because the Cleveland Browns drafted cornerback Denzel Ward fourth overall. Fast forward to 2022: Chubb’s playing on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal trying to prove himself, while Ward just signed a five-year extension worth $100.5 million.
Chubb totaled 12 sacks as a rookie in 16 games and made the PFWA’s All-Rookie Team. But due to various injuries, he’s started just 25 of 49 games since then, totaling a lowly 8.5 sacks along the way. That includes zero sacks in seven games last season. This year is no doubt an inflection point for Chubb.
Chances to make the 53-man roster: That said, Chubb is presumably a lock for the 53-man roster (barring a trade), and he’s poised to serve as the team’s No. 1 pass rusher this fall. Now that he’s healthy again, Chubb will aim to have a big season before becoming a free agent in 2023.