Team: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Position: Running Back
Height/Weight: 6’1” and 207 lbs
Eligibility: 2020* Returning to School for the 2020-2021 season
The purpose of this series is to provide a ceiling and a floor for devy prospects. We also provide an example of a player in which the prospect could reach their level of production. This is not a player comparison in regards to style of play, but more so used for what we think the high or low end of production could be for fantasy purposes.
*Data collected from sports-reference.com
If you want to get excited about Chuba, go watch some of the Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State game in 2019. It epitomizes why we as fantasy owners are awaiting the day he is wearing an NFL jersey. Initially, Hubbard’s vision stands out. He is able to see creases in coverage, hit it quick, and turn broken plays into positive yards. Not an elite athlete, but intelligent and understands where defenders are. Huge year in 2019 and think he has the ability to produce a 1,000 yard season at the next level. I do not project him to be a true workhorse, but definitely could see him earning the heavier side of a platoon role.
Upside Projection: Lamar Miller
I am a Michigan State fan and watched almost every snap Javon Ringer had in East Lansing. He has explosive, powerful, and had NFL potential. I know this is a profile on Chuba Hubbard, but watching OK State this year and seeing Hubbard for this first time, I was reminded of my old Sparty RB. Ringer was selected by the Titans in the 5th round and was expected to compete for the third RB role behind Chris Johnson and LenDale White. Add in a plethora of injuries and Ringer never really had his NFL career take off like some expected. I have seen some Twitter folks claiming Hubbard is the best back in America. I too am excited, but I am preaching caution, as I do with all players. There are not glaring injury flags with Hubbard, but translating from the Big 12 to the NFL is a tall task for any player, even for those who possess his intriguing blend of skills. Chuba needs to improve his physicality in pass protection and he does not have elite speed, but he has enough get-up to win battles. This kid has a lot of potential and I believe he will far exceed the floor projection I have provided, but a reminder that college projection is not always guarantee at the next level.
Floor Projection: Javon Ringer
I was bummed out after Hubbard decided to return to Oklahoma State for as a red-shirt junior following an explosive 2019 season. I am excited about his potential as a pro, but ultimately think it was wise to return to school from a financial standpoint, as he could be one of the top RBs taken in 2021. He does not have to compete with the likes of Taylor, Etienne, Dobbins, Akers, Edwards-Helaire. Look for him to shoot up rookie draft boards next year. For a devy reference, I have Hubbard as my 6th rated college RB prospect, ahead of Edwards-Helaire and just behind Cam Akers.