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Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State – Best 2021 NFL Draft Fit: Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons must build for the future. However, they have weapons that can help the next coach win now. Improving their running game will with both. Oklahoma State running back, Chuba Hubbard’s explosiveness is exactly what the Falcons need.

At 6-0, 210 pounds, Hubbard plays with patience and intellect. He understands blocking concepts. And he does a great job setting up his blocks. When there’s a crease, he explodes through it with a great first step. Once he’s in the open field, his track speed shows. He breaks off big runs with his second gear. In fact, that elite speed resulted in him leading the nation with 2,094 yards in 2019.

The Falcons still have Todd Gurley, who disappointed in 2020. Gurley didn’t have the same explosiveness, and he averaged about 3.5 yards per carry. He could work as the third-down receiving and blocking back, while Hubbard handles early downs.

Together, the duo could bring back an element the Flacons had during their Super Bowl run. Gurley and Hubbard as a one-two punch could be better than Devonte Freeman and Tevin Coleman. No matter the system, Hubbard is an ideal fit. He’s an inside-outside runner who brings explosiveness to a backfield.

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