Oklahoma State running back Chubba Hubbard entered the 2020 season with as much hype as any RB in the country. More than maybe Travis Etienne and Heisman finalist Najee Harris did even following his 2019 season where he dazzled the country with 2094 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground as a sophomore.
The 2020 season was a total 180 from the year before as his numbers dipped to 625 yards and 5 touchdowns. I know the year was shortened by COVID so you’d have to get more in depth with the numbers. He played in 7 games this past season, so compare that to the 13 he played in 2019 and most would have expected his numbers to sort of resemble half of his output from that great season. His yards per carry rate dropped well over a whole yard from 6.4 down to 4.7 and while 4.7 isn’t anything to be ashamed of, it also isn’t the most eye popping considering he was able to keep up the previously superior amount over a span of 328 carries.
Hubbard essentially hurt his draft stock by taking the field in 2020 however all that means is that a team is going to find a diamond in the rough later in the draft. There’s going to be a team out there who’s probably had their sight on him since last year and is patient enough to wait until the third or fourt round to snag him. So who should be in the mix for Hubbard’s services?
Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons have been in need of good running back play ever since their trip to the Super Bowl in 2016. Todd Gurley proved sort of serviceable last season scoring 9 touchdowns on the ground, however be only ran for 678 yards while averaging 3.5 yards per carry. If the Falcons could have a workhouse back and keep Gurley as a change of pace back I believe that’d work great for them. With the Falcons being a pass happy team they need an every down back who can be a big play waiting to happen whether it’s running inside or out, or even catching passes out of the backfield.
Las Vegas Raiders: The Raiders are in the position of not needing a running back. So why are they on this list? Well having more that one good back seems to be a new trend, especially within the AFC West. Current backup Devontae Booker was actually pretty good last season, racking up over 400 yards while averaging a steady 4.5 yards per carry. The only issue is he’ll be 29 during next season and we all know the stigma on RB’s after they turn 30. The Raiders might as well go ahead and get younger at the position and get a player who could potentially turn into trade bait for them down the line.