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Klee's Rapid Reaction: Why did Denver Broncos take Bradley Chubb in the NFL draft?

By: Paul Klee
April 26, 2018 Updated: April 26, 2018 at 7:32 pm
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Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, poses with North Carolina State's Bradley Chubb after Chubb was selected by the Denver Broncos during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Cleveland always comes through for John Elway.

Isn't it time he buys a vacation home on Lake Erie?

After the Browns did the Broncos a solid, Elway swooped in and nabbed the premier pass-rusher in the 2018 NFL draft on Thursday: Bradley Chubb, the edge rusher out of North Carolina State. The idea of a defensive line sandwiched together by Chubb and Von Miller — a pair of top-five picks — was too much for the Elway and the Broncos front office to ignore.

Even Chubb said it was "a surprise" because the Broncos only met with him once, at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. There was no private visit. There was no trip to Chubb's pro day. Chubb said after he was picked that his mission is to "make sure we have the most dominant pass rush in the NFL." 

The Browns made sure Chubb was available to the Broncos when they made the early surprise of the draft, taking Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the No. 4 pick. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield went to the Browns with the first pick. The Broncos must be ecstatic with Chubb falling to them at No. 5. Oh, and don't even started on Vonnie Football's reaction. The "No Fly Zone" and friends added another element.

“He’s Khalil Mack and Von Miller put together," Miller said last week about Chubb. "He is a great player. I would love to have him on my team. You don’t come across guys like that often. Having the No. 5 pick in the draft, I hope we don’t have a high pick like that for a while. If we could steal a player like that, I’m all for it.” 

Check back to Gazette.com for more on the Broncos' draft Thursday night.

Twitter: @bypaulklee

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