With the NFL Draft about a month away, we’re sure to start hearing about teams meeting with prospective players. Keep in mind, not every prospect lines up with the draft slot teams are slated to pick in, but teams need to do their due diligence. Take the Chicago Bears recent meeting with North Carolina States’s Bradley Chubb for example (as first reported by Alex Marvez of The Sporting News). Chubb is expected to be the top defensive players taken this April, and with the Bears currently in the eighth spot, the odds on him falling are slim.
But the only thing we can predict about the draft, is it’s always unpredictable.
With so many quarterback needy teams shuffling to get into the top of the draft, it’ll push talent down. Chubb could fall, but there’s also the possibility that general manager Ryan Pace may covet Chubb so much that he’ll trade up and get him.
Some scouts peg the 6’4”, 269 pound Chubb as a fit for a 4-3 defensive end, but he has the speed and athleticism to play outside linebacker for the Bears.
Last year Pace aggressively went and got his quarterback, moving up to two for Mitchell Trubisky, and two years ago he traded up for outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.
Maybe Pace believes that his team, with Trubisky, a whole slew of new offensive free agents, and head coach Matt Nagy, will finally bring his vision of the Bears into a reality, and they won’t be drafting in the top ten for a while. If Pace views this as his last chance to pick a top prospect, then maybe he swings a deal and gets Chubb.
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