In a new interview on the Talk of Fame Sports Network's podcast, Broncos Pass Rush Consultant DeMarcus Ware had high praise for rookie first-round pick Bradley Chubb, telling hosts Clark Judge, Rick Gosselin and Ron Borges that Chubb has the talent and maturity to be the kind of player Ware was during his 12-year career.
"You know what?" Ware said. "He can be. He's one of those guys who's mature. He listens. And that's what you want from a young guy, because some of them come in very arrogant, saying, 'OK, I'm in the league now.' But to me, he has that 'I just arrived' mentality. 'What do I need to do to deliver?'"
Ware's comments carry extra weight because he's seen the fifth-overall pick in person from his role on the coaching staff this offseason working with the group of pass rushers.
Because of the talent and skill Ware sees in Chubb, the former Broncos star also expects the rookie to be able to help free Von Miller on the other side of the formation.
"The attributes that he really brings to the game — stopping the run and being able to be that strong-side guy for Von — that's what you need," Ware said. "They have that tag team again."
As a first-time coach, Ware also described some of the advice that had been helpful to him when he was a newcomer to the NFL also as a first-round pick. The lessons that came to mind for him were from fellow defensive stars Michael Strahan and Warren Sapp, and those are now also ones he passes along.
"Always work on your craft," Ware said. "Let your craft become you. If it's on the field, if it's off the — no matter what it is — you have to work on your craft week in and week out and make it your own. That's the biggest advice."
The Talk of Fame Podcast has also recently spoken with Ring of Fame safety Steve Atwater as part of their "5 Games" series, in which former players recount five of the most meaningful NFL games in which they participated. Atwater discussed Super Bowl XXXII and a 1999 game between the Broncos and Jets — the only game he played in Denver as on an opposing team.