2018 NFL Draft Preview: Sam Hubbard

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Ohio State
Defensive End #6
RS Junior, 6’5″ 265

Sam Hubbard represents the head of another talented Ohio State class that will enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Sam Hubbard should be the second highest rated defensive end going into 2017 behind only LSU’s Arden Key. Right now it looks like he will most likely be a first round selection. He can fit as a 4-3 defensive end, which is where he plays for the Buckeye defense, but may lack the speed to play a 3-4 outside linebacker. He should continue the trend of Buckeye defenders going early in the draft.

He is more of a run stopper than a pass rush specialist. He uses his strength and balance to shed blocks and get to the ball carrier before they make a big play. He can get to the quarterback but it will be his quickness rather than his speed that gets it done. He has great hands and utilizes them in order to make the play he needs to when he engages with opposing players trying to block him.

He needs to improve upon his sack numbers if he wants to solidify his first round stock. He had 6.5 sacks in 2015 but that number dropped to 3.5 with the absence of Joey Bosa coming off the opposite edge. Hubbard needs to show that he can be a star player himself and not just benefit from the talent around him. If he keeps his tackle totals where they have been and increases his number of sacks then there should be little doubt he will be selected in the first round of the draft his spring.

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