Sam Hubbard Draft Profile

Sam Hubbard draft profile

Strengths:

  • Plays with consistent pad level and good bend at point of attack
  • High football IQ
  • Attacks with square pads and a wide, balanced base
  • Expert level hand fighter as pass rusher
  • Always finds himself in tackle-ready position and usually finishes
  • Reads and diagnoses plays before they happen
  • Sinks hips and braces up with arm extension when setting the edge

Analysis: Sam Hubbard has a lot of what scouts look for in a defensive end: height, weight and build. He is an extremely intelligent football player, understanding the game and working hard to make an impact on it. He is technique driven because he does not possess elite athletic traits. His tape is solid, but nothing jumps off the screen. Teams looking for a big time edge rusher won’t get too excited by him, but he will appeal to defensive coordinators looking for guys with size and motor to plug into a blitz-heavy, twist-happy defense. Hubbard could become an early starter as a strong-side defensive end for a 4-3 defense. He is always ready to make a tackle, staying square and ready to lay a hit at all times. He is solid in reading and diagnosing plays especially play-action—eyes mirror the QB. Sets the edge with great technique, solid base and strong arm extension to contain the play inside.

Weaknesses:

  • Average burst off the snap
  • Pursuit speed is just average and he’ll come up just short of the tackle at times
  • Doesn’t get early wins at the point of attack
  • More of a hard worker than gifted athlete
  • Below average conversion of speed-to-power
  • Can be a little tight when trying to corner and flatten as a pass rusher

Analysis: As mentioned above, Sam Hubbard is an intelligent football player who succeeds due to technique, strength and understanding the game. He will never be mistaken as an ‘athletic’ edge rusher, but he will do everything a defensive coordinator asks of him. His physical limitations will be the reason he slides in the draft—he lacks the explosive burst of the snap and his pursuit speed leaves a lot to be desired. If he doesn’t set the edge, ball carriers can beat him to the edge easily. His edge pass rush is more based on power than speed–he is tight hipped attempting to beat tackles around the corner. He doesn’t win nearly enough at the point of attack and can get swallowed up by stronger lineman at the next level.

What the experts say: “I think he’s going to end up being a good pro. He plays hard all the time. He just needs to add a little more muscle and find a go-to move that he can win with as a rusher and he’ll be a consistent starter for years.” — NFC team director of college scouting

Size: 6’5 265lbs

Draft Grade: 3rd Round

NFL Comparison: Chris Kelsay

Draft Projection: Round 3

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