2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Prospect: Nick Chubb
Ht: 5'10" Wt: 228
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When I prepared a scouting report last year for Chubb, I left it up to him to prove he could bounce back from the gruesome injury that ended his Sophomore season. I also said he wasn't someone I would bet against, and while he wasn't winning awards as a Junior, Chubb did show glimpses of his old self. Now, more than a year removed from the injury, I am leaving it to him to see if he can show the kind of acceleration that he had in his first two years. Chubb was never going to blow people away with his forty-yard dash, but where I likened him to Ray Rice if he could run in the 4.4's, he is more of a change-of-pace guy like James Stark if he can't break the 4.5-barrier.
The special things about Chubb were still evident in his third year. His vision is still outstanding, and he is a disciplined runner that very rarely leaves yards on the field by trying to make the big play. He is still very shifty and plays with a running style that is similar to Rice with short, choppy steps that allow him to quickly change direction. Chubb plays with incredible balance and breaks arm tackles. The rehab for his injury may have actually helped him become stronger, and anyone familiar with his history knows how dedicated he was to the weight room prior to hurting the knee. That hasn't changed, and neither has Chubb's humble demeanor. He leads by example, and I can't imagine there is a coach out there that wouldn't want 53 guys like Chubb on their roster.
One area I noticed that he has shown improvement was as a pass-protector. He and Sony Michel were both used regularly in this area, and where I felt he had potential as a pass blocker into last season, he proved me right by showing that he has a knack for it. Chubb, like most college backs, has room for improvement but he is ahead of his peers. He also showed enough comfort catching the ball to at least be able to be a check-down option. On the other hand, Chubb still doesn't show much promise as a route-runner. I also don't see an ability to track the ball in the air and adjust on the move as a receiver.
As I mentioned earlier, the ability to outrun the competition isn't there, and if it isn't happening in college, then it won't happen in the NFL. Still, I will be interested to see if that is a product of the injury, and if he can get back that better speed that we saw in his first two years. My guess is that without the better acceleration than he lacked as a Junior, Chubb may not be more than a Day-Three pick. If that ends up being the case, I do think he has the build and desire to help on the coverage units of special teams. This isn't something we usually discuss with guys that could go in the top 100 picks, but it is something that I think works in Chubb's favor with his draft status still so unpredictable.
Injuries are a part of the game, and it is always sad to watch someone with the outstanding potential that he showed in his first two years suffer from one. The truth is, with the way Chubb was playing in his second season, he was on his way to a monster season. That would have likely put him within a reasonable range of breaking Herschel Walker's rushing records at Georgia. As it stands going into his Senior campaign, he will need a Heisman-caliber year to get there. I doubt that happens, but I know there is not a doubt in his mind that he can do it, and that is why I am rooting for him. More importantly, I just want to see him get that acceleration back. If he runs and plays in the 4.4's, then his name will be in the Day-Two conversation.
Compares to (Current NFL Player): James Starks (Former Green Bay Packer)
- Powerful and compact runner
- Outstanding vision and patience
- Terrific short-area quickness
- Smart, disciplined player
- Good teammate/leader
- Injury still has left his future up in the air
- Doesn't offer much as a receiver
- Marginal straight-line speed
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1)   Georgia RB Nick Chubb squats 600 pounds   - NFL.com |
2)   Georgia thrilled to still have Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, but senior tailbacks are rarely special   - Saturday Down South |
3)   Chubb, Michel team up one last time for final season at Georgia
- www.macon.com |
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