Ahtyba Rubin #71 NT
Height: 6-2 Weight: 325 Age: 28
Born: 7/25/1986 Fort Belvoir , VA
College: Iowa State
Experience: 8th season
High School: Escambia HS [Pensacola, FL]
Selected By: Cleveland Browns
Pick (Overall): 24 (190)
One of the few bright spots for the Cyclones in 2007, Rubin has been a dominant force in the middle of the field since taking over nose guard duties as a junior. He was regarded as one of the premier junior college players in the nation at Trinity Valley Community College before enrolling at Iowa State in 2006.
Rubin is still developing, but offers NFL teams the opportunity to mold this fireplug in the middle of their front wall. Some teams are eyeing him for a potential move to the offensive line, where he starred as a guard for Trinity College as a sophomore.
Rubin was a defensive lineman at Escambia High School, earning All-Conference and All-Area honors. He registered 8.5 sacks during his senior year, along with 54 tackles. He spent the 2004 season playing on the defensive line at Trinity College, moving to offensive guard in 2005.
Rubin was an All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference first-team pick and rated as the 73rd-best overall player in the junior college ranks by Rivals.com. He added All-American honorable mention, as he collected 90 knockdowns and eight touchdown-resulting blocks for an offense that generated 388.27 yards per game. The team boasted a 9-3 record and ranked seventh in the nation. They captured the Pilgrim Bowl, with a victory over Northeast Mississippi College.
Rubin was a late addition at Iowa State in 2006, joining the team just before the season opener. He saw limited action in the first three games before moving into the lineup at nose guard. In 12 games, he registered 34 tackles (18 solo) with a sack and four stops behind the line of scrimmage.
As a senior, Rubin was named to The NFL Draft Report's Super Sleeper Team. He added All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention, starting all 12 games at nose guard. He delivered 42 tackles (24 solo) with 1.5 sacks and four stops for losses. He recovered and caused a fumble while also deflecting one pass.