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Chuba Hubbard – Carolina Panthers RB

After an injury-riddled 2020 season, Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard slid down draft boards to the fourth round where the Carolina Panthers snagged him with the No. 126 overall selection.

While Hubbard certainly won’t be in competition for Christian McCaffrey’s position atop the depth chart, his performance in training camp will tell us much more about whether the Panthers got a steal by drafting him where they did on Day 3.

Hubbard has the talent to be slotted at RB2 by the first preseason game if he’s healthy. The rookie showed home-run ability with some versatility as a pass-catcher during his time in college, something the Panthers lost this offseason when Mike Davis left for the Atlanta Falcons in free agency.

However, he’ll have to adjust to the speed of the game during his transition to the big leagues and each rep he gets at camp will be key in unlocking Hubbard’s potential.

If Hubbard excels at camp, offensive coordinator Joe Brady will have a good problem on his hands trying to figure out how to use Hubbard and McCaffrey together on Sundays.

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The first-year pro’s main role will most likely be relieving McCaffrey of the large volume of snaps we’ve grown accustomed to seeing him take. If Hubbard makes waves at training camp, the Panthers’ offense may be highly dangerous this upcoming season.