Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.
Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Joe Marino
Name: Nick Chubb
Position: Running Back
Date of Birth: 12/27/1995
High School: Cedartown (Georgia)
Games Played: 32
Games Started: 25
Team Captain: Yes
Production: 535 carries, 3424 rushing yards, 29 rushing TDs, 27 receptions, 331 receiving yards, 4 receiving TDs
High School: Four star prospect. Rated as a top 50 (43 overall) player in the country as a senior by Rivals. Was 1st team All-State (GA) and honorable mention All-American as a senior. Led all HS athletes in state of Georgia with 2721 rushing yards as a junior.
College: 2014 SEC Freshman of the Year. 2014 1st team All-SEC. FWAA 1st team freshman All-American. 2015 Preseason 1st team All-American. Currently 2nd all time in UGA rushing yardage behind Herschel Walker.
Strengths: Sees the field very well and reacts to his blockers effectively. Has showcased devastating power as a runner and tacklers frequently bounce off his pads. Runs from a firm base. Absorbs contact and routinely continues his momentum. Not impacted by arm tackles in any way and picks up considerable yardage after contact. Executes cuts with precise timing and continuous motion. Rarely wastes steps and is decisive. Knows how to manipulate tacklers with the way he attacks the line of scrimmage and utilizes his feet.
Weaknesses: Has not been a major contributor as a receiver. Still finding his burst and second gear post-2015 knee injury.
Summary: During Georgia running back Nick Chubb’s 13-game streak of at 100-yard games prior to the gruesome knee injury in October of 2015, we saw how dominant and impactful of a player Chubb can be. During that stretch, Chubb racked up 2,068 yards on 279 carries (7.41 average) with 19 touchdowns.
Chubb is a wonderful blend of ability to see the field, read his blocks, execute precisely timed cuts and then win with power. A nuanced runner, Chubb’s footwork when pressing the line of scrimmage is outstanding and his cuts are fluid with no wasted motion. He has natural running instincts with the ball in his hands.
In his return from injury last season, Chubb flashed the traits he once displayed but the burst and second gear where hit or miss. With that said, I thought it really started to re-emerge in the bowl game against TCU where Georgia enjoyed over 30 days off between games. With another off-season under his belt, I expect a healthy Chubb in 2017 and a dominant season as he challenges Herschel Walker’s all-time Georgia rushing record.
Chubb has the makeup of a feature back in the NFL but he will need to demonstrate consistency with his burst to regain the draft stock he had pre-injury.
Predicted Value Range: Second Round