Prospect evaluation of Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard for the 2021 NFL Draft, which includes his strengths, weaknesses, and projection.
Name: Chuba Hubbard
College: Oklahoma State
Weight: 208 lbs
= Key Terms =
Grading Scale: Poor, Marginal, Adequate, Solid, Good, Great, Elite
Role: Developmental Player, Backup, Complementary Player, Starter, Franchise Player
= Strengths =
Good vision on zone run schemes; patient behind LOS and lets lanes develop.
Sees cutback lanes very well; loves to bang or bend his path on outside zone; decisive getting downhill.
Reacts very quickly to backfield penetration and shows excellent footwork to avoid.
Efficient footwork; shuffles & slides from gap to gap; good spatial awareness.
Uses good angles in space; follows blockers in open field well.
Eludes defenders with good speed cuts and keeps feet within frame to maintain downhill momentum.
Occasionally flashes ability to drop hips & make sharp cuts, usually near LOS before getting upfield.
Good vertical explosion; gets a good amount of momentum going once he’s north-south.
Great top-end speed; has multiple gears once he’s into 2nd & 3rd levels of the defense.
Good contact balance; momentum helps him speed through indirect contact.
When he’s able to lower his pads he can absorb contact to all levels of his body.
Solid power; good leverage & pad level when running between tackles.
Picks up tough yards on 3rd/4th & short situations; doesn’t get cute when he doesn’t need to.
= Weaknesses =
Vision worsens on gap scheme runs; impatient to let pullers set up blocks.
Not a creative runner in space.
Adequate lateral ability; lacks explosion; not a sudden or twitchy mover.
A bit stiff; runs forward but lacks wiggle in hips.
Needs several steps to throttle down.
Great speed but it’s build-up speed; takes time to get to top gear.
Won’t break many tackles if he doesn’t have momentum built up or once wrapped up by defenders.
Not used a lot as a receiver, very unproven; body catcher that is uncomfortable using hands.
Needs work in pass protection; not a physical blocker; goes for cut block too often and gets beat.
Poor ball security; careless with ball; 9 fumbles in 663 touches.
= Other =
Athletic build with thicker lower half. 2019 FBS leading rusher.
Pro Comparison: Tevin Coleman
= Projection (Role & Fit) =
Chuba Hubbard projects as a Solid early-down complementary player in a RB tandem/committee with Good upside. He is a zone runner who displays a good feel for developing lanes and the pursuit of 1st and 2nd level defenders. He is decisive and gets vertical with good anticipation. Combine that with his burst and top-end speed at the 2nd and 3rd levels and you have a player who can take it to the house if given a crease. The challenge that Hubbard faces going forward is his lack of versatility, both scheme-wise and on passing downs. He needs better execution in gap schemes, needs to improve aggressiveness & technique in pass protection, and needs to be comfortable enough to at least be a reliable receiver out of the backfield and near the LOS. Overall, Hubbard’s home-run ability will make him a valuable runner for a zone-based rushing attack.