Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard declares for 2021 NFL draft

Chuba Hubbard

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard announced on Saturday that he’s opting out of the remainder of the 2020 college football season and will begin his preparation for the 2021 NFL draft.

Hubbard appeared in seven games this season and totaled 133 carries for 625 yards and five touchdowns. His production has regressed across the board from his remarkable 2019 season when he ended the year 2,094 yards and 21 scores.

Hubbard’s decision is a big blow to the Cowboys’ offense, but in a year impacted by COVID-19, the college football post-season will be unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. It’s more than likely the only post-season play will come via the college football playoff, which Oklahoma State won’t qualify for despite being 7-3 after 10 games.

Hubbard began the 2020 season with a solid Day-2 grade but he failed to cement his status as a likely NFL starter who warrants a selection in the second or third round. You can read my preseason breakdown of his game when his draft value was likely at its highest.

Hubbard’s decision to opt-out after 10 games might draw some criticism inside draft rooms, too. While players have every right to protect themselves from COVID-19 this season, it seems a bit disingenuous to play 10 games and call it a day. Maybe there’s more to this decision, but if I had a voice in the draft room when Hubbard’s name came up, I’d want to know more about the timing of this choice.

Bryan Perez

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