Sam Hubbard

Ohio St.
DE

Prospect Info

College
Ohio St.
Hometown
Class
Cincinnati, OH
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
270 lbs
33 1/8”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.82
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 3 ‧ Pick 13
40 Yard Dash
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Bench Press
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Vertical Jump
35.0
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Broad Jump
116.0
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3 Cone Drill
6.84
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20 Yd Shuttle
4.32
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60 Yd Shuttle
11.61
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Hubbard intended on attending Notre Dame on a lacrosse scholarship before Urban Meyer showed up at Archbishop Moeller for a recruiting trip. Since that trip, the young man has added 70 pounds, transitioning from a safety that helped Moeller win back-to-back state titles to defensive end. Hubbard redshirted in 2013 as the team moved him again from linebacker to end as he continued to grow. He started for suspended starter Joey Bosa in the opener of the 2015 season, then came in as a reserve the rest of the season, earning Freshman All-American honors after posting 28 tackles, eight for loss, 6.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. Once Bosa left to be the number three overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft (San Diego), Hubbard had the starting spot all to himself. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2016, racking up 46 stops, eight for loss, 3.5 sacks, and two pass break-ups. League coaches named Hubbard second-team all-conference the following year, starting eight of 14 games played, creating 13.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and two forced fumbles. Hubbard was a first-team Academic All-American as a sophomore (3.61 GPA in Finance).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
Derrick Morgan
Overview
Hubbard will pass the eyeball test with his height, weight, and build, but he's missing the plus athleticism to take him over the top as a pass rusher. His tape is solid, but nothing jumps off the screen. Teams looking for a big time edge rusher won't get too excited by him, but he will appeal to defensive coordinators looking for guys with size and motor to plug into a blitz-heavy, twist-happy defense. Hubbard could become an early starter as a strong-side defensive end for a 4-3 defense.
Strengths
  • Plays with consistent pad level and good bend at point of attack
  • Attacks with square pads and a wide, balanced base
  • Sinks hips and braces up with arm extension when setting the edge
  • Possesses good football intelligence and is very aware
  • Quick to spot play-action
  • Has stick-and-move hands to punch and peek past the blocker to find the football
  • Motor takes him to plays that others will quit on
  • Always finds himself in tackle-ready position and usually finishes
  • Expert level hand fighter as pass rusher
  • Will throw three or four straight slaps and chops to prevent tackle from getting his punch locked in
  • Shows tackles a strong charge before unleashing an effective spin counter back inside
Weaknesses
  • More worker bee than twitchy athlete
  • Burst to the ball is just average
  • Doesn't get early wins at the point of attack
  • Pursuit speed is just average and he'll come up just short of the tackle at times
  • Can be a little tight when trying to corner and flatten as a pass rusher
  • Can be run up and past the quarterback
  • Arc-runner rather than move-maker as a rusher
  • Below average conversion of speed-to-power
Sources Tell Us

"I think he's going to end up being a good pro. He plays hard all the time. He just needs to add a little more muscle and find a go-to move that he can win with as a rusher and he'll be a consistent starter for years." -- NFC team director of college scouting

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GRADE
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