It looks like Chris Harris Jr. got his wish - a big-time guy on defense for the Broncos’ No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft.
And he was happy about it too.
And John Elway seemed to agree with his No. 1 cornerback, saying he had “really wanted” Bradley Chubb, the pass rusher out of NC State.
But few, probably Elway included, thought Chubb would still be on the board at five.
We really wanted Bradley Chubb and are thrilled to make him a Denver Bronco.— John Elway (@johnelway) April 27, 2018
Bradley's the best defensive player in the draft. He can rush the passer, is a hard worker and will be a great fit, complementing Von, Shane & Shaq! pic.twitter.com/pEHS4kmyG2
Head coach Vance Joseph also approved of the pick - calling Chubb an “impact player” for the Broncos this upcoming season.
Biggest smile in Broncos war room after Chubb came from Vance Joseph. QB would have been nice -- for 2019. Coaches need to win now. Joseph: “When you’re picking top 5 in NFL Draft, you want to pick guys that are impact players. He’s going to walk in and help us win.’’ #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 27, 2018
Another new Bronco is looking forward to a strong defense as well (and frankly, maybe a little happy there was no first-round QB picked):
Given news that the Broncos had a deal on the table to trade back with the Bills - until they realized Chubb was still there - it appears this was a true BPA for Elway.
And it marks the third time the former QB has taken a pass rusher among his seven first-round picks - Von Miller, Shane Ray and now Bradley Chubb.
As 9NEWS’ Mike Klis noted, “an old QB knows.”
Buffalo and Denver had agreed to a trade based on who was available; but Broncos decided not to pass up Bradley Chubb, then Bills went to No. 7 instead. For Josh Allen.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2018
Klis reported that Elway expected to Chubb to go sooner but was thrilled he didn’t.
“We were [surprised]. We thought he would go a little bit earlier. We didn’t think he would get by Cleveland, so we were thrilled he was there,” Elway said. “He will add a lot to the defense. His style of play, he plays 120 percent all the time.’’
Bucky Brooks definitely liked the pick, giving the Broncos an A+ for the selection.
“I like this pick because the #Broncos are going to go back to the recipe - solid on offense and dominant on defense,” he said on NFL Network.
Elway wasn’t the only one surprised. Chubb himself didn’t really think Denver would be an option, but he’s pretty excited about his new defensive teammates.
“I’m excited to get to work with guys like Von [Miller] and Shane [Ray]. We have to make sure that we have the most dangerous pass rush in the NFL. I’m looking forward to the opportunity and I can’t wait.”
#Broncos Chubb said he met with Denver at the combine. It was surprising to see I was going to Denver because I only met with them once. "I definitely plan to come in and contribute right away." #Denver7— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) April 27, 2018
Planning on Denver or not, Chubb dressed the part and did so with intention:
NC State DE Bradley Chubb told me that he wore a suit to all of his pre-draft visits because he wanted teams to know that "I mean business. I am not here for fun or for the ride. I genuinely care about football and first impressions."— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 27, 2018
Perhaps the best first impressions will be opposing offenses, as SBNation NFL so discreetly pointed out:
Bradley Chubb is going to the Broncos, where he'll be teammates with Von Miller— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 27, 2018
Every other team in the NFL: pic.twitter.com/iE45aMsjIl
Von Miller apparently likes that prospect too, calling Chubb a combo of himself and Oakland’s Khalil Mack.
Do you guys think Von Miller likes the pick? pic.twitter.com/ggDOgAaASD— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) April 27, 2018
EVERY PLAYER should have a new teammate that excited for him to join the team.
And another pretty good pass rusher - one who knows about being a counterpart to Miller - was excited about the pick as well:
I like it too, DeMarcus, I like it too!