Many analysts project Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard to go between the second and fourth rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. The native of Alberta, Canada hopes to prove to NFL teams that he can continue making big plays at the professional level.
Though injuries to the OSU offensive line and to Hubbard himself slowed down his junior season, Hubbard’s performance from 2019 should keep his draft stock from too much of a 2020 drop-off. After widely being considered the top running back after his sophomore season, Hubbard “only” rushed for 625 yards while appearing in seven of OSU’s 11 games from 2020, his junior year.
NFL teams looking for running back depth and a mid-round value should select Oklahoma State star Chuba Hubbard in the 2021 NFL Draft.
In 2019, Hubbard rushed for 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He also caught 23 passes for 198 yards in his sophomore season. His season rushing yards mark from 2019 was the second-highest in school history, trailing only 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders. He rushed for more than 150 yards in seven different games and received Heisman votes himself that year.
Hubbard was also the nation’s leader in rushing yards, all-purpose yards per game, and in 200-yard games as a sophomore. In 2020, he had three 100-yard rushing games earlier in the season before a leg injury severely limited him after October.
Hubbard has displayed his versatility in the backfield as a Cowboy. He has breakaway speed and can break long runs past defensive backs, and he’s also tough enough to take the ball between the tackles.
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