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Panthers draft RB Chuba Hubbard with No. 126 pick

Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard goes to the Carolina Panthers with the No. 126 pick in the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

Running back Chuba Hubbard #30 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys runs for a six-yard gain against the Texas Longhorns near the end of the third quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium on October 31, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Texas won 41-34 in overtime. Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers are getting a running back who received a ton of carries in college with Chuba Hubbard with the No. 126 pick overall. The former Oklahoma State star won’t get nearly the workload he did in college, but he could be more NFL ready than some of the backs taken before him.

Hubbard played in seven games in 2020 before injuring his ankle and opting out of the final few games of the season. His production dipped a bit from his previous season as he finished with 625 yards on 4.7 yards per carry and five rushing touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 52 yards with an additional receiving score.

Scouting Report

In his second season at Oklahoma State, Hubbard proved he could handle a massive workload with 328 carries in 13 games to go along with 23 receptions and 21 touchdowns. It’s difficult to know what to think about his final season given it was cut short and given the way the 2020 college football season operated as a whole. Hubbard will have his work cut out for him to be a consistent contributor in the NFL, and areas that need improvement include creating explosive plays and not fumbling.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

The Panthers are getting themselves a productive running back in Chuba Hubbard, who can be a factor both in the receiving and running games. Carolina lost running back Mike Davis in free agency, so this is a solid RB2 addition. Christian McCaffrey will get a ton of touches next season, but Hubbard will find his way into the gameplan and be a solid FLEX play in fantasy football.

Long-term

If Hubbard can improve his pass protection and gets stronger, then he could propel himself into one of the better running backs from this draft. Aforementioned, the production is there and he has elite acceleration, which you cannot teach at any level. Hubbard could be a borderline RB1/RB2 in the next few seasons.