Potential Colts NFL draft pick Bradley Chubb's self-assessment: 'Relentless pass rusher'

Zak Keefer
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North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb smiles before the start of the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game against Arizona State in El Paso, Texas, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.

Today is the day we hear from the player nearly every mock draft has ticketed for the Colts at No. 3.

North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb will speak to the media gathered at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday afternoon.

Ask almost any draft pundit, and Chubb is everything the Colts currently don’t have on the defensive side of the ball. He’s raw power, six feet, four inches of strength and speed, a dominant edge rusher, a big play waiting to happen. He’s got the numbers (23 tackles for loss just last season alone), the measurables and the film to back up a top-three selection. And – what do you know? – he happens to play a position the Colts in desperate need of. Indy needs players who can get to the quarterback. They haven’t had a game-changing pass-rusher since Robert Mathis’ 19.5-sack season in 2013.

Granted, there’s still two months until draft day. But maybe the Colts don’t need to over-complicate this. Maybe Chubb’s that obvious a pick.

“Chubb is definitely worth it,” NFL Network's Mike Mayock said of the Colts’ options at No. 3 overall.

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush (7) while being pressured by North Carolina State's Bradley Chubb (9) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in South Bend, Ind.

The team’s switch to a 4-3 scheme under new coordinator Matt Eberflus — one that will emphasize speed above all else — only further hints at the fact that Chubb might be the Colts’ best option. There are no alpha dogs on this defense. There’s too much average. Chubb has been tapped a plug-and-play talent, a prospect who could earn a Pro Bowl nod very early in his career. That’s exactly what this franchise needs on the defensive side of the ball.

The idea of taking Penn State running back Saquon Barkley at No. 3 has a number of Colts fans excited at the prospect of pairing a dynamic playmaker with Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton. It's tempting. But finding pass rushers in free agency is a crapshoot that rarely pays off (though Chris Ballard did hit with Jabaal Sheard a season ago). Most of the premier pass rushers are homegrown, and the consensus is, Chubb is by far the best available in this year's draft.

We'll have updates from Saturday's availability at the combine.

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