Chuba Hubbard

RB

Oklahoma State

6'2"

Height

Weight

208

Final Grade

7.17

Broken Fibula (HS), Ankle/lower body (2020)

Injury History

Games Evaluated

Texas (2019), Kansas (2020), Iowa St. (2020), Oklahoma (2020)

Team Fit

Strengths 

Chuba had an oustanding 2019 season; rushing for over 2,000 yards and leading the nation in yards after contact (1,300) according to Pro Football Focus. He has big play ability as an improvisational runner that looks for paydirt on every touch. True sprinter speed and has a track resume to back it up; running in the 2015 IAAF World Track Championships. He can stick his foot in the ground and explode through the line, only to outrun pursuit angles at the second level when he's at his best. Chuba changes diection with ease and flows through traffic. He can slip through narrow creases and explode to the second level in a hurry. Chuba was relied on as a bellcow at OSU and carried the offense on his shoulders in 2019 with 328 carries. Watching his highlights, he looks like he plays at a different speed than the defense. If given clear running lanes, he will gash defenses and consistently threaten the big play.

Weaknessess

Hampered by lower body injuries in 2020, Chuba looked like a different back than he did in prior seasons. Despite leading the nation in yards after contact in '19, he really looked underpowered last season. Chuba looks and plays smaller than 6'1 207. He has a high-cut frame and plays with a narrow base; negating most of his power and ability to run between the tackles at the next level. Chuba has a tendency to go off-script as a free-style runner. Too often carries the ball in wrong arm and exposes the ball to contact. Seven (7) fumbles in the past two seasons can be attributed to poor ball security and technique. A lot of his production comes from clean running lanes from his offensive line; he isn't going to create yards through contact. Destined for a rotational role due to size, running style, and deficiencies in pass protection.

Big Picture

Chuba Hubbard's draft stock declined in 2020, following an incredible 2019 season where he was one of the most decorated backs in the country. Injuries and a shared work load left us all wanting more from the OSU standout last season. Chuba can compete with top backs in this class when it comes to acceleration, cutting ability, and vision; however, he's clearly a tier below as a complete feature back. His upright running style and underpowered frame will push him down draftboards. His aversion to contact could lead you to believe he needs plenty of open green grass infront of him to be successful and will struggle with physicality at the next level.The team who drafts him will add a big play threat that has potential to develop as a dynamic player in space with special teams potential. Along with that, they will need to invest heavily in adding some body armor to his frame, improving his pass protection, and cleaning up his fumbling issues. His upside presents value on Day 3 of the Draft, when players with his athleticism become more and more rare. I'd look for Hubbard to hear his name called in Round 5 or 6 by a zone running team looking to add speed and depth to their backfield. Anytime you add "track star" speed at the backend of the draft, you're going to excite a coaching staff and a fan base. Significant development needed to maximize his skill set but he possesses some tools you can't teach.

Player Comp

Draft Projection

Athleticism:

7.6

Quick to the hole and gets to top speed quickly. Runs like he wants to take it to the house on every touch. Eats up yardage in chunks if he has a clear path to the second level. Has speed and quicks to outrun angles in pursuit. Improvisational runner that can create some spectacular cutback plays. Possesses the agility to bounce in and out of the hole. Does not have a powerful lower half to drive through contact and goes down too easy. Narrow base and upright style negate power.

7.06

With Ball In Hands:

Big Play Ability

Good vision to see the cutback and changes directions with ease. Has the ability to squeeze through narrow spaces and explode to the second level. Creative runner that reverses field to make plays. High-cut runner that runs upright and underpowered. Sturggles to maintain balance at top speed due to narrow base. Fumbling issues are significant; seven (7) in last two years including in Red Zone.

Receiving:

7.5

Clean route runner that showed he can seperate at the breakpoint on pass routes. Not heavily used in the pass game in 2020 but has shown receiving ability in prior seasons. Has upside as a receiver and would have loved to seen him used more as a receiver last season. Very effective in space and has soft hands on screens. Could be a significant threat with continued work as a receiver.

Blocking:

6.44

7.25

Ability to chip a rusher in pass pro prior to releasing into his route. Got completely uprooted in pass protection when he tried anchoring against bigger defenders. Gets moved too easily in pass protection. Chuba has a lean frame and a narrow base; brining a knife to a gun fight as a blocker. Don't want him blocking for your franchise QB.

Competitiveness:

7.5

Ability to chip a rusher in pass pro prior to releasing into his route. Got completely uprooted in pass protection when he tried anchoring against bigger defenders. Gets moved too easily in pass protection. Chuba has a lean frame and a narrow base; brining a knife to a gun fight as a blocker. Don't want him blocking for your franchise QB.

Intelligence:

7.5

Ability to chip a rusher in pass pro prior to releasing into his route. Got completely uprooted in pass protection when he tried anchoring against bigger defenders. Gets moved too easily in pass protection. Chuba has a lean frame and a narrow base; brining a knife to a gun fight as a blocker. Don't want him blocking for your franchise QB.

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