Packers Gab 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb

N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb is an impact player who many teams will have their eyes on when the NFL Draft takes center stage this offseason.

Touted as the best defensive player in the draft by many, he’s a talent that could make a huge impact on a team right away depending on where he ends up.

Here’s a look at Chubb and what various places are saying about him.

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SCOUTING REPORT: BRADLEY CHUBB, DE. NC STATE

HEIGHT: 6’4”

WEIGHT: 275

PROS: Plays with a very high motor and does not quit on plays. Chubb also plays for 4 quarters and wears down O-lines for 60 minutes. Great team leader and displays an energy that teammates feed off. Displays lots of burst off the edge and can beat offensive lineman with techniques, both inside and out. Uses his hands well to get around the edge and has enough speed to get to mobile quarterbacks. Has really good size and long arms that he uses efficiently to get into the backfield and disrupt plays. He plays the run well and is a dominant presence on the edge against opposing running backs. 190 career tackles, 53 tackles for loss, 25 sacks, and a handful of forced fumbles make Chubb a statistical dream for the draft, and his play on the field backs it up. He should be a first-round prospect come April.

CONS: Has been known to get beat in run blocking and sometimes gets handled at the LOS against the run. His speed and energy also mean that he over-pursues at times and runs past the play. Coaches have asked him to drop into coverage in the past and, while adequate in those situations, his pass coverage is overshadowed by his abilities as a pass rusher. He is also a bit heavy at 275 and will likely need to shed a few pounds once he enters the league.


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One of the nation’s most dominant and disruptive defenders, Chubb has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Wolfpack, racking up 48 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Despite opposing offenses scheming to avoid him, Chubb has continued to put up huge numbers and make a seismic impact.

A tailor-made 4-3 defensive end, Chubb is one of the most complete prospects in this year’s draft class. Though there may be more athletic pass-rushers available this year, Chubb’s combination of power, technique and a physical playing style make him this year’s best edge defender.

A Story on NFL.com about Chubb

The scoop: “If you compare him to Derek Barnett, he has similar production but he is a much more explosive athlete. I think he is way ahead of (Boston College’s Harold) Landry as a pro prospect. — AFC scout on N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb

The skinny: I’m not sure why a comparison to the Philadelphia Eagles rookie defensive end was made for Bradley Chubb, but let’s dig in. Chubb (6-foot-4, 275 pounds, per school measurements) is bigger than Barnett (6-3, 259) and I would agree that Chubb is the better athlete. Barnett has better hands. Chubb is faster than Barnett and might be the best pass rusher in the 2018 class. I’m undecided on where I project him, but he will be drafted earlier than where Barnett, the 14th overall pick in 2017, went.

What Walter Football Says on Chubb

“Chubb is a quality defender against the run. He can hold his ground, at times, and has the ability to shed blocks to get in on tackles outside of his gap. However, he could use more strength in his base and needs to get better at shedding blocks that are coming downhill straight at him. That would help him against NFL offensive linemen. Chubb is good at getting upfield to knife through his gap and cause havoc in the backfield. For the passing-driven pro game, Chubb looks like a solid base end who would fit really well in a 4-3 defense. That is what he has played at N.C. State, and he has shown some versatility to move inside and rush as a tackle in obvious passing situations. He could continue that in the NFL. Right now, Chubb looks like a tweener for a 3-4 defense between a five-technique and outside linebacker. At this time of year, one never knows if listed measurements are accurate, and players can change their weight during the process, so that could be subject to change.”

Packers Gab 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley is a dynamic player who some have going as early as #1 to the Browns in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. Today we give you a look at what this big-time player has to offer wherever he ends up in the draft.

NFL.com Scouting Report by Daniel Jeremiah

What I liked: I’ll do my best to condense my thoughts here. I pretty much like everything about Barkley’s game. He has patience, vision and power as an inside runner. He can step through tackles or drop his shoulder and run through them. He is very quick laterally to avoid defenders in the hole. He has an excellent burst to the perimeter on outside runs. Once he gets the corner, he’s elusive in space and has the speed to go the distance.

He’s very dependable in pass protection. He’s assignment aware and does a nice job squaring up blitzing linebackers to stall their charge. He also has very strong, reliable hands. He can pluck the ball away from his frame and he’s explosive after the catch. He gets rave reviews from teammates and coaches for his tireless work ethic. His weight-room accomplishments have been well noted this offseason.

Where he needs to improve: There aren’t many areas where Barkley needs to improve. There have been a few occasions where he gets “bounce happy” instead of staying inside and taking a 2-3 yard gain. He has some negative plays as a result of his eagerness to hit the homerun. I’d love to see him used in a more diverse way in the passing game. He has the ability to split out and run routes like a receiver, but his opportunities were limited last year. Hopefully that will change this fall.

Biggest takeaway: Barkley is everything you’d want in a modern-day running back. He can run with power, generate explosive runs and contribute on passing downs. As a player, he reminds me a lot of Ezekiel Elliott coming out of Ohio State. I thought Elliott was one of the best pass-protecting college running backs I’d ever evaluated and Barkley is right on that level. Both guys have that ideal blend of size/speed and they are very instinctive football players.

Walter Football’s Take on Barkely going #1 to the Browns

Another Scouting Report on Barkley:

Strengths

Everything? Yeah, just about everything. Before we even get to his game, it’s worth noting that everyone who knows Barkley describes him as high character guy, including current Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead, describing him as “Smart, humble. He’s the rare guy whose humble attitude supersedes his talent.” On the field he is a powerful and explosive runner between the tackles, showing great vision on cut backs and the ability to run through someone if needed. He also has the ability to get outside on sweep plays and is extremely elusive in space. He has good hands and really improved his receiving game in 2017, contributing 54 catches. Add in that he is a great pass protector, something that can keep rookies off the field, and you are looking at one of the most complete running backs to ever enter the draft. Bonus: want to see someone power clean almost twice their body weight?
Weaknesses

There are basically no holes in Barkley’s game. He can get a bit indecisive in the hole at times and try to make too much happen, but those tendencies are due to him being better than everyone on the field. With his graduation to the NFL, I expect those bad habits to go away. He has a little room to improve on his pass catching as he dropped a couple easy balls over the year, but these critiques are splitting hairs.
Grade: A+

Saquon Barkley is a generational type running back. He’s an athletic specimen with a well-rounded game that will make an instant impact for an NFL team. How well he does immediately in the pros will be much more a function of where he lands than his skill set, he can do it all.

Albert Breer for SI saying that ‘Barkley is the Future of the NFL’

The Titans, built sturdy and tough up front, rushed for 195 yards on the vaunted Seahawks defense on Sunday. The Ravens spent the last two offseason getting younger and quicker on defense, and that group kept the Bengals and Browns out of the end zone in Weeks 1 and 2. Then in London, a Jaguars offense reworked this offseason with size in mind ran for 166 yards on them.

This is how the NFL works. Teams spent the last decade building around quarterbacks and receivers, and defenses are now stocked with 220-pound linebackers and 250-pound pass rushers. And now we’re getting the zig to that zag—personnel czars like Jacksonville’s Tom Coughlin and Tennessee’s Jon Robinson capitalized by building jackhammer offenses to run at those defenses, while creating better environments for their young QBs.

“That’s been going on since the 1970s,” said one NFC personnel exec. “It’s not a new trend, it’s the same cycle. New people rise in the football world, history repeats itself.”

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Says He Plans on Winning a 3rd NFL MVP Award

Aaron Rodgers may have expressed some disappointment last week about losing his position coach in Green Bay’s offseason overhaul, but the Packers quarterback sounded pretty upbeat about his and his team’s prospects for 2018 on Saturday night, Mike Spofford of Packers.com reports.

On the red carpet for the NFL Honors event at the University of Minnesota campus, Rodgers stopped to chat with packers.com for a few minutes, and the two-time MVP appears to have no interest in holding back as another new season approaches.

“I’m feeling great,” Rodgers said regarding his surgically repaired collarbone. “I’m back to my workouts. I was playing golf on Wednesday out in Scottsdale in the pro am, so if I can do that, you know I’m feeling pretty good.”

He emphasized he’ll have no limitations when the team reconvenes for offseason workouts in a little over two months.

“Oh no, not at all,” he said. “I’m back into everything I like to do in the offseason with my training, and I’ll be ready to go when we’re back in April.”

The last time Rodgers returned after missing half a season with a broken collarbone, in 2014, he won his second NFL MVP award.

Don’t rule out history repeating itself.

“I plan on doing that again,” he said with his trademark smile.

Former Packers Guard Jerry Kramer Finally Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

He was voted as the greatest player never elected to the Hall of Fame in a special once on NFL Network, but finally on Saturday Jerry Kramer was bestowed with the highest honor in the game, as he was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Kramer has long been one of the more controversial snubs when it came to the Hall of Fame. He played 11 seasons with the Packers, winning five titles in Green Bay during his tenure. Kramer was eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time in 1973 and was a finalist a ridiculous 10 times. He was an All-Pro five times with Green Bay. Kramer was a two-time Super Bowl winner and a five-time NFL champion overall.

While he went in as a ‘senior selection,’ Kramer deserved the honor over most, playing an outstanding 11 seasons for the Packers, being part of five championship teams.

Joining Kramer in the class of 2018 are Brian Urlacher, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, and Ray Lewis, plus senior selection Robert Brazile and contributor Bobby Beathard.

The ceremony for Kramer and the class of 2018 will take place on Saturday, August 4th in Canton, Ohio.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Says Collarbone Feeling Good

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone on a hit by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr in Week Six. He was placed on injured reserve and returned to play Week 15 against the Panthers.

Rodgers said golfing Wednesday in the Annexus Pro-Am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open was an encouraging sign, Edward Lewis of NFL.com reports.

“Well, I played golf yesterday in Scottsdale. So, everything feels good,” Rodgers said when asked about his health on Good Morning Football on Thursday. “It was a tough season with the injury, but it was good to get back on the field in Carolina and then obviously had a little setback but I’m feeling good.”

Packers Secondary Coach Darren Perry Leaves the Team

Packers secondary and safeties coach Darren Perry is leaving the Packers. the Associated Press reports.

Coach Mike McCarthy announced the move Monday.

Perry coached the safeties joining the team in 2009. In that time, a safety finished the season ranked in the top two on the team in interceptions six times.

Mike McCarthy Makes Packers Coach Staff Announcements

The Packers have finalized their coach staff for the 2018 season.

They have named Joe Philbin offensive coordinator, Mike Pettine defensive coordinator, James Campen offense – run game coordinator/offensive line, Jim Hostler offense – pass game coordinator, Patrick Graham defense – run game coordinator/inside linebackers, Joe Whitt Jr. defense – pass game coordinator, Frank Cignetti Jr. quarterbacks coach, Ryan Downard defensive quality control coach, Maurice Drayton assistant special teams coach, Scott McCurley defensive assistant, Jerry Montgomery defensive line coach, David Raih wide receivers coach and Jason Simmons secondary coach.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy made the announcement Wednesday.

Packers CB Damarious Randall Undergoes Hand Surgery

Packers third-year cornerback Damarious Randall underwent hand surgery on Monday, but is expected to be just fine and will have to sit out about 6-8 weeks before he can get back to offseason training.

Randall was the Packers first-round pick in 2015, and this past season he was on the field a lot, playing 68.2 percent of the teams’ defensive snaps in the second half of the season.