Our 9News Broncos insider, Mike Klis, joined First and Ten at Ten to break down the first-year outlook for first-round pick Bradley Chubb.
“You don’t know on rookies,” Klis told Andrew Mason, Ryan Edwards and Steve Atwater.
“My expectations on Bradley Chubb are [that] when he’s done with the four years, he’ll have two Pro Bowls and they’ll pick up the fifth-year option. He’ll have about 30 sacks. [If] he has zero in Year One and has three great years after that, I think that’s OK.
“That’s the thing about when you draft these guys. We make too much of them going into the draft process. I think they need a year.”
Mason noted that some of the most productive rookie edge rushers had the presence of complementary pass rushers on the other side — including Von Miller in 2011, who had Elvis Dumervil on the opposite flank. That could help Chubb’s outlook.
“Yeah, you would hope so. The other thing about Bradley Chubb that we don’t know yet is how many snaps he’s going to get,” Klis said, citing the presence of Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett as factors that could limit Chubb’s playing time right away.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Bradley Chubb is eased in. I can see him on third down right away. Not sure that he’ll start Day One. I’m not sure it’s unrealistic to expect him to start by Game 5 or Game 6 of this season.”