Photo of Ahtyba Rubin
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  • 35 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 320LBS. Weight

Overview

Teams looking for a diamond in the rough for a run-stuffing presence would be wise to take a close look at Rubin.

Rubin transferred to Iowa State following a successful tour of duty at Trinity Valley Community College, where he was used as both a defensive tackle and offensive guard. Once at Iowa State, Rubin was moved to nose guard and paid immediate dividends, starting nine games and registering 34 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1.0 sack despite not joining the team until August (2006).

Rubin's statistical improvement his senior season was minimal (42 tackles, 4 TFL, 1.5 sacks), but his impact on the Iowa State defense was not. With a build like a coke machine, Rubin is tough to move off the line of scrimmage, providing play-making opportunities for the defenders around him.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Versatile athlete who has seen starting action along both the offensive and defensive lines. ... Short, squatty powerful body with good strength and lateral agility. ... Made an immediate impact as a run-stuffing nose guard for Iowa State after signing as a JUCO. ... Good strength at the point of attack. ... Uses his hands well to battle offensive linemen and flashes the ability to split the double-team and make the play on his own. ... Good lateral agility. ... Can locate the ball and fights to make the play. ... Pursues well for a man his size. ... Plays to the whistle. ... Immediately proved capable of playing at the Big 12 level upon signing with Iowa State and has made significant improvement over his two years at this level. Negatives: Lacks elite quickness off the snap and doesn't generate explosiveness in his pass rush. ... Won't scare anyone with his ability to get to the quarterback, as he has only 2.5 sacks over his two years at Iowa State. ... Plays hard, but as he tires, Rubin plays too high and can be washed out against the double-team. ... Typically double-teamed, but too often fails to make plays when single-blocked. ... Eats up blockers, but can't be relied upon to make significant plays on his own.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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