By: Tanner Elliott
6’1” 207 lbs
Oklahoma State University
Chuba Hubbard didn’t lose one fumble in his college career, spanning 585 carries. He did cough the ball up a few times, but none were lost - an impressive feat. Hubbard has an insane burst once he hits the hole; the moment he sees it, he hits it at full speed. He has sneaky speed, meaning that he can take any given carry to the house if he gets the chance. He doesn’t have crazy top-end speed, but it’s enough to get the job done.
During the 2019 season, Hubbard was seen as one of the best running backs in college football. He had video game numbers; 2,094 yards, 21 touchdowns, and a 6.4 yards per carry average on 328 carries. Over his other two years, Hubbard had 257 carries, 1365 yards, and 13 touchdowns combined. Those aren’t bad numbers, but when you realize that they are from two years you start to question if 2019 was a fluke. When I watched the film on Hubbard, a large percentage of his carries came on draw plays. This can be problematic as defenses will just stuff the box whenever Hubbard is in the game.
Both players are very fast, can take any given carry to the house, and can be a factor in the passing game. Hubbard does have a heavier frame than Mostert, but both play the same. You can count numerous times watching a game when Mostert takes a simple draw play 50 yards for a touchdown, and Hubbard has the same effect. Just like Mostert, I feel Hubbard will be most effective in a committee backfield instead of a team relying on him to be their feature back.
If Hubbard declared for last year’s NFL Draft, he would have been at worst a late second-round pick. He’s now looking at a mid to late second round selection, with his floor being a late third round pick (which is very unlikely). That being said, if Hubbard proves that his one year wasn’t a fluke, he has the potential to be a three down back in the NFL. His floor as a NFL running back would be as a complementary back who has the potential for some breakout games.