In this 2018 NFL Draft profile, we look at the strengths and weaknesses of running back Nick Chubb out of the University of Georgia. Could he land on the New York Jets?
Nick Chubb is considered one of the top running backs in the 2018 NFL Draft from mostly every NFL insider. Chubb has the NFL ready skill set and should be a very dominant running back. Many teams want him with his skill set as he will improve any roster the moment he is drafted.
For how small and big Chubb is, he reminds people of Alfred Morris. He enters the draft at 5-11 and weighs in at 228 pounds. For how big and strong Morris was, Chubb is the same way but even more of a physical and tough runner. Chubb almost replicates him the same way Morris plays the position with his speed and elusiveness.
Chubb is able to maneuver efficiently to open lanes and explode through them with ease and precision. His burst and agility are one of the best in this year’s draft. He is also able to catch the football out of the backfield which most backs have trouble with. He has an excellent approach and runs with a purpose.
He cherishes when a challenge is brought upon him in making the big plays. When he gets around the corner he has sufficient speed and an excellent ability of separating himself from defenders attempting to tackle him. When he runs in between tackles he has excellent footwork in avoiding tackles and makes it tough to bring down.
Chubb leads by example and holds everyone accountable for their actions and mistakes. He has excellent knowledge in lateral routes and is able to beat defenders quickly once the football is in his hands.
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He has excellent speed but not that explosive speed that would add more to his arsenal. He wasn’t used as much on passing downs the way he would like to.
If Chubb would move back further on the line of scrimmage he can benefit from it and let the play develop. He also needs to become stronger in his lower legs to get the push he would need.
Instead of using his legs as often, he would benefit more on learning how to use his shoulders more. Sometimes Chubb has a tendency of running the wrong route on run or pass plays which can lead to blown plays.
For being a tough player, Chubb has the ability to handle anything that is thrown at him. With the skills he has, Chubb could become a special player when he is inserted into a starting lineup since he is that talented.
Chubb is going to be drafted either in the first round or early second round but unfortunately, wouldn’t make sense for the Jets. They already have Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, and in free agency, picked up Isaiah Crowell. He is going to have a huge impact with any organization he is drafted to but it won’t be on the Jets.