2018 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Nick Chubb
Weight: 228 lbs.
Although Georgia used a committee of running backs in recent years, Chubb grabbed 789 touches from scrimmage. When Chubb receives the handoff, he immediately heads for the nearest hole. Thankfully, Chubb runs to his build. At 228 pounds, Chubb runs with patience and power. He lowers his pads to absorb contact. If a defender squares up too high on Chubb, he will raise his pads to strike a blow and drive through the tackle. He breaks arm tackles and weaker shoulder drives with either a jolting stiffarm or elevated knee level.
Unlike most big-play backs, Chubb does not use a signature move. He does not own a go-to move, a signature that defense key on. Instead, he uses a combination of subtle shoulder fakes to darting one cuts into the open field. One on one in space, Chubb will slip inside, or at least fake it. From there, the defender can stumble, leaving the sideline open.
While 37 percent of Chubb’s touchdowns (18 of 48) went twenty yards or longer, he does not possess instant burst. That is to say, Chubb can out run defenders, but build up speed allows this. When Chubb gets in the open field, he will get even and leave a defender.
Due to Georgia using multiple running backs in Chubb’s career, the targets did not consistently find him. When passes found his direction, Chubb shows soft hands and a natural transition to ball security. In one motion, Chubb snares and heads down field with little wasted motion. His hands will allow him to stay on the field all three downs.
On October 10, 2015, Chubb suffered a serious knee injury versus Tennessee. However, he returned less than a year and ran for 1000 yards. Before anyone disqualifies Chubb due to his knee injury, remember, his UGA teammate Todd Gurley tore his ACL during his last game at Georgia. He turned out well.
Chubb fits well within the Oakland offense. Jon Gruden needs a horse to gash defenses. If Marshawn Lynch returns, Chubb still makes sense. He could play his rookie season as the primary backup. As a result, he would force Washington and Richard to contend for one spot. With Chubb, the Raiders could move on from Lynch or slowing work him into the lineup. Chubb’s burst and ability adds a big-play back to the Raiders offense. Expect him to not last past the second day of the draft.