The second of three Boiler Room episodes scheduled on Chubb, Waldman examines situations that aren’t all “Saturday Pretty” but they meet the requirements for “Sunday Gritty.”
I still have a lot of backs to watch for the 2017 NFL Draft. I’ve studied multiple games of next year’s potential headliners: Dalvin Cook, Wayne Gallman, Samaje Perine, James Conner, Christian McCaffery, and Leonard Fournette.
If I had to choose one, a healthy Nick Chubb is near, if not already at, the top of the list. He’s agile, scheme versatile, runs with excellent balance and maturity, and he breaks multiple tackles. Stylistically, think of a 220-pound Ray Rice in his prime and you’ll find parallels between the two as runners.
I was shocked to see Chubb carry the ball over 30 times in the opener. Although he took some cutback chances that lacked discipline on some of his first-half attempts, you can write some of that off to pressing too hard to make a big play after missing most of 2015.
The fact that Chubb was ready to assume this workload and earned over 200 yards in the process is a great sign that the runner is healthy and confident in his rehab. The video below examines Chubb’s work prior to his injury. What you’ll see here is similar to what I saw against North Carolina: an agile, flexible, and powerful back who can explode through creases.
The essential points of this Boiler Room is not to write-off bad plays or you’ll miss good process that often underscores the difference between a good college athlete and a good NFL running back prospect.
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