1. Bradley Chubb-Denver Broncos
Lots of people wanted to see John Elway use the fifth overall selection for a quarterback. Instead, the Broncos chief stayed patient and was able to select the draft’s top pass rusher. Bradley Chubb was an absolute steal at where Denver was able to select him.
Aside from his obvious ability to rush the passer, Chubb rates highly due to his positional versatility. He can play either defensive end spot during first and second down. On third down passing situations he can also slide inside and rush the passer from the defensive tackle spot.
This pick gets even higher marks because of the lack of impact pass rushers in this Draft. There are some other developmental prospects (Marcus Davenport, for one) but it’s a pretty sparse group. The Broncos get even higher marks for their selection of Chubb because of the massive talent gap between he and the other defensive end prospects in his draft class.
Denver may have passed on a franchise quarterback in this Draft, but they won’t worry about that. The ability to draft a potential Pro Bowl defensive end is great value for Elway and company.