As we sit 3 weeks away from the 2021 NFL draft, this Oklahoma State RB could easily be the best kept secret of the draft. The Chuba Hype Train has often slowed and was sometimes derailed during the 2020 season, but I’m as excited as ever to give you a taste of Chuba Hubbard and tell you why you don’t want to miss this train ride.
A globally accomplished track sprinter (4th in 100-meter dash in the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championship) in High School and one of Canada’s best kept secrets on the football field (5,300 yards and 63 touchdowns in his last two years of high school). Chuba has the intangibles to wreck shop on the next level just as he did at Oklahoma State.
The oft-forgotten Heisman Finalist of 2019 had lights out production eclipsing 2,000 yards off the back of an outstanding 328 carries, showcasing his ability to shoulder a large workload. Back to back 20+ reception seasons allude to serviceable pass catching chops, allowing Hubbard to garner a 3 down back role in the NFL. The former 2,000 yard rusher has the speed and vision to be the best RB in this draft with a massive ceiling full of game breaking plays at the next level.
However, 2020 was a massive disappointment considering his breakout year. Many don’t understand what 2020 was like for this amazing talent.
Why 2020 Sucked:
A team that dealt with COVID issues all year, Coach Mike Gundy had become zoned out from his own team due to a makeshift offensive line. Battling an ankle injury and being limited in two games, he still topped 20 rush attempts in his other 5 games, topped 93 yards in 4 of 5, and scored 5 TDs in a 4 game stretch. Hubbard is a player who has produced on all levels and has been highly disrespected in a year that is literally unlike any we’ve seen in the last century.
Elite On Field Speed
In between the tackles runner
Strong physical runner
The weaknesses will be addressed in the NFL, and I think Chuba can work on pass protection issues as footwork in pass protection seems to be the main culprit. As a pass catcher he is average and can improve, but played for a team that didn’t use the running back in the receiving game. Think Jonathan Taylor there.
“Always trying to get better, always trying to get faster, stronger, work on my hands, work on my routes, pass protection…I have room to grow”
– Chuba Hubbard
Let others salivate over Javonte Williams and Travis Etienne while you get the mid 2nd round steal of Rookie drafts. The Ceiling is high and the floor is a split pack rb who can provide points in little opportunities. Think Raheem Mostert comp. (Thanks Rookie on the Rise). Fast, strong, physical, and vision you can’t teach. Put him in the Shotgun on a spread offense like Arizona or Atlanta and watch out!
From being in the mix for the Heisman to a down year in 2020, get back on the Chuba Hype Train before it leaves the station.