Nick Chubb didn’t have to wait very long Friday night to find out where he’ll be playing his pro football. With the third pick in the second round the Cleveland Browns made the guy who’s #27 in your program and #1 in your hearts one of the centerpieces of their franchise rebuilding effort.
Cleveland fans should be very excited about this. While the Browns are laboring to improve up front, that effort should be helped by having a tailback who’s an exceptional and unselfish pass and run blocker.
While he may not look like a track star, Nick Chubb remains generally faster than whoever you have chasing him. He also has the vision to find creases and the brute strength to make his own hole when necessary.
I said last night that the notion that Sony Michel was Georgia’s change of pace back while Chubb is merely a between the tackles runner is overly simplistic. These highlights provide a host of good examples why Chubb is such a terrifying runner to defend. Ask the safety who comes running up to tackle him in the open field at the :53 mark of these highlights if Nick Chubb is a lumbering, slow back.
Chubb actually ran a very respectable 4.52 forty at the Combine, and the fact that he ran it at a solid 225 pounds is just impressive. A guy that fast who’s too big to be tackled high and too strong in the lower body to take down one-on-one is just a problem no matter how you slice it. Congratulations, Nick. And . . .