Jaguars add a running back in round 4 of latest NFL.com mock draft
Chad Reuter, a Draft analyst for NFL.com, recently mocked Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of his latest mock draft.
Chuba Hubbard took college football by a storm in 2019 when he rushed for 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns during his redshirt sophomore year. Many analysts and scouts slated Hubbard to be a first or second-round draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft but he chose to forgo his draft declaration and return for his redshirt junior season.
While Hubbard rushed for 3,459 yards and 33 touchdowns during his college football career, the majority of his production can be isolated to his sole breakout season alone. He opted out of the end of the 2020 season due to an ankle injury in order to prepare for the NFL Draft. His ankle injury is likely why he regressed the year following his tremendous 21 rushing touchdown performance.
Hubbard is a one-cut running back with good vision and burst. He has great football I.Q. and is incredibly agile.
The concerns that follow Hubbard are his one elite season, that he runs too upright, doesn’t possess over-the-top speed, and lacks contact balance. He will struggle to move the ball if the offensive line is congested, but by all means, if he finds an open hole, good luck stopping him.
How Chuba Hubbard fits into the Jaguars equation
James Robinson and Carlos Hyde are both dual-threats in the running game and the passing game. Chuba Hubbard was a non-factor in the passing game during his time with Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Jaguars could rotate Hubbard in and out of the backfield— someone who can rack up yardage and give the starters time to breathe.
If Hubbard can show NFL scouts that he has the ability to catch passes out of the backfield, he could see a jump in his draft stock.