Will Chuba Hubbard be among the NFL’s Greatest Canadians?

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OSU’s Chuba Hubbard, set to become only the eighth or ninth Canadian player drafted in the NFL since 2015, will seek to become one of Canada’s best NFL players.

Oklahoma State star running back Chuba Hubbard is set to become one of the few Canadians to hear his name called in the 2021 NFL Draft. How will he stack up against some of football’s greatest Canadian players?

From 2015 to 2019, exactly one Canadian player was selected in the annual NFL Draft. In 2014, a modern era record four Canadians were drafted. That year’s selections included Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of the Kansas City Chiefs, a McGill graduate who plays as an offensive guard and moonlights as a medical doctor.

Since 1966, the beginning of the NFL’s Super Bowl era, teams have selected 63 Canadian players in the NFL Draft. At least one native Canadian has been drafted each year since 2010. Interestingly enough, only two other Canadian running backs have been drafted.

It’s a bit surprising, too, that there are not more NFL draft picks (and players) from Canada. It’s a nation of more than 37 million people that shares a border with the United States for thousands of miles, not to mention that there are Canadian university and professional football leagues — albeit with different rules from their U.S. counterparts (like the forward motion and only three downs).

In the past two decades, 11 Canadian players have been drafted by NFL teams in the first three rounds. Most analysts project that Hubbard will go in the fourth of fifth round of this year’s draft. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native may only be preceded among his countrymen in this year’s NFL Draft by Oregon safety Jevon Holland (born in British Columbia).

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