2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: RB Chuba Hubbard

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Chuba Hubbard was born in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, but grew up in Edmonton. His first introduction to sports came at the age of six, as he became a successful track runner. After constantly asking, his mother eventually let him play tackle football at 10 years old. From there, he became an instant star. In his final two years of high school football, he rushed for 5,308 yards and 63 touchdowns at Bev Facey Community High School. Colorado State was the first to offer him a scholarship and Oklahoma State followed shortly thereafter. Hubbard was only the second Edmonton area high school football player to earn an NCAA Division I scholarship in the last decade. Also continuing his ways as a track runner, he competed at the 2015 (summer) IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, placing fourth overall in the 100-meter sprint with a personal-best finish of 10.55 seconds in the semifinal. 

Eventually signing with the Cowboys, Hubbard went on to have a prolific career. One of the best rushers in school history, Hubbard is a patient and confident runner that runs well behind his pads. Keeping a low center of gravity, he’s a one cut and accelerate runner that’s had lots of success in the wide-open Air Raid offense. With adequate vision and the athleticism to take advantage of small spaces, he’s a threat that could thrive in a zone-based blocking scheme that leverages angles and relies on quick cuts from rushers. Hubbard’s biggest deficiencies come in the passing game, as he’s failed to become a reliable option in that department. A somewhat conflicted catcher of the ball, he can fight it and struggle to haul passes in. Also a liability as a pass protector, he doesn’t bring the same physicality as a blocker as he does when possessing the ball.

Ideal Role: No. 2 RB in a committee.

Scheme Fit: Zone-heavy scheme that involves lots of zone blocking run principles.

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Written By:

Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Jordan Reid is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Gaining experience from various lenses of the game, he has previously served as a college quarterback, position coach, and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina Central University. He now serves as a Color Commentator for FloSports, covering both high school and college football games around the country while also being the host of The Reid Option Podcast.

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