We look at the first round picks and we look at Minkah Fitzpatrick, Veta Vea, Bradley Chubb, and Derwin James. It comes down to the best defensive schemes and how these players are used. James and Fitzpatrick are two safeties with the ability to play multiple positions. Vea is a game changing interior lineman with quickness to pursue the quarterback. Chubb is the best pass rusher in this draft and will join Vonn Miller to form the most formidable pass rush in the league. Barring any injuries, of course.
Chubb has the luxury of playing with the best DE/OLB in the game, Vonn Miller. Miller demands double teams on every play, therefore, Chubb will get a lot of one on one matchups. Miller has always excelled with another elite pass rusher. Playing with Elmis Dumervil and Demarcus Ware. Chubb will come in right away and dominate the weak side. As a Chargers fan, this scares me. It’s bad enough having to worry about Vonn every play, but now two elite pass rushers isn’t going to be much fun for Philip Rivers.
You can never have enough good pass rushers, and we’ve got another good pass rusher, but also a really good football player. – John Elway
Veta Vea, the 6’5, 340 pound DT from Washington will come in and help the Buccs up front from day 1. According to pro football focus, Veta is rated top 10 in pass rush and run stopping measurements. Vea played RB in high school, which is why he has the quickness to run down quarterbacks.
The Dolphins snagged one of the top rated defense play makers in Minkah Fitzpatrick, who can line up at CB and S, as well as LB at times. Alabama has been a factory for putting out NFL caliber defense players under Nick Saban. He produces savages on defense. Therefore, Fitzpatrick has already been in an NFL scheme in college so his learning curve is a lot less. He’s NFL ready right now. With Tom Brady in the division, this is a solid pickup for the Dolphins.
Finally, my favorite pick to be the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, partly because of the defensive coordinator, Derwin James. The Chargers got one of the biggest steals in the draft at number 17 with this FSU standout. James has a little Kam Chancellor, a little Eric Berry, and a little Sean Taylor, RIP! This is a pretty good pickup for the Bolts to go with Legion of Boom founder, Gus Bradley, who knows what to do with elite safeties. James looks to join Joey Bosa has the other Chargers teammate to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.
We were watching as the draft was going, and teams were making trades up. So we were hesitant, but hoping. We knew we were going to have a good player there, but to have a guy of Derwin James’ caliber, athleticism, speed, football intelligence, the way he competes and really just how he is as a player, for have him be there for us was a great pick. He really jumps out on film, so we are really excited about the skill set that he offers.- Gus Bradley
2018 is going to be an exciting year for defensive players. James and Fitzpatrick are going to be linked together forever. They’re both a hybrid safety with crazy balls skills, James is a harder hitter but they both can play all over the field. Veta Vea is a rarity with his unique strength/size and quickness, he’ll be a 3 down DT meaning he can stay on the field on passing downs. Finally Chubb will form a terrifying duo with Vonn Miller in the Mile High City. We’ll be watching closely as the class has some seriously scary talent in it. This will be a very tight race between these 4 players, and possibly some more players will join the party as the season kicks off.