247Sports Barton Simmons recently interviewed an NFL executive regarding Nick Chubb’s decision to play one more year at Georgia. His opinion didn’t mince words–not even a little bit–when asked why he felt Chubb should have spun the bottle and entered the 2017 NFL Draft.
The personnel executive that I spoke with acknowledged that 2017 is a strong running back year but he sees 2018 as equally talented so there’s no value in waiting.
Asked about the dip in production from sophomore and freshman year to his 5.1 yards per carry as a junior, this evaluator dismissed that flatly.
“That offensive line was a disaster,” he said.
…Scouts can’t find anyone to say a negative word about the Georgia running back. Despite his injury, this executive sees Chubb as a no-risk prospect, largely because he is such a hard-worker, such a great locker room presence and has exhibited such elite traits when he’s had a full deck of cards to work with in terms of health and supporting cast. (Barton Simmons, 247Sports)
Oddly, the same character traits this particular executive felt are so vital to Chubb’s having had a better than average shot of going higher (than predicted) in the Draft, are the same ones that brought him back to Georgia.
While Chubb will almost certainly face stiff competition in next year’s Draft, from the likes of Justin Jackson (Northwestern), Royce Miller (Oregon) and Sony Michel (UGA)–and if either Saquon Barkley (Penn State) or Derrius Guice (LSU) have good seasons and decide to make the NFL jump early, things could get even more interesting–I tend to believe the intangibles will still factor into any team’s decision to draft Chubb.
After all, didn’t someone say Todd Gurley wouldn’t be a Top 10 pick?
Stranger things have indeed been known to happen.