Chuba Hubbard is able to lastly know the place his professional soccer profession will start.
For months, the native of Sherwood Park, Alta., has been understanding, present process testing and conducting quite a few digital interviews in preparation for the 2021 NFL draft. Now, all of the Oklahoma State operating can do is wait to listen to which staff calls his identify later this week.
The draft begins Thursday evening in Cleveland with groups making their first-round picks. The second and third rounds will likely be held Friday evening, with the remaining 4 rounds going Saturday.
The six-foot, 208-pound Hubbard is projected as a third- to fourth-round choice after speeding for 625 yards (4.7-yard common) and 5 touchdowns final season. After lacking two video games with a excessive ankle sprain, Hubbard determined to choose out of the rest of the ’20 marketing campaign and declare for the draft.
It wasn’t the ending Hubbard envisioned when he determined to stay in class after main American college soccer with 2,094 yards speeding (6.4-yard common) and 21 TDs in 2019. However Hubbard proved earlier this month at Oklahoma State’s professional day he is wholesome once more, posting an official 40-yard sprint time of 4.48 seconds though some social media experiences had him operating beneath 4.40 seconds.
Hubbard additionally registered a 36-inch vertical leap, 4.26-second quick shuttle and 20 reps within the 225-pound bench press.
“It is undoubtedly been a protracted course of,” Hubbard mentioned. “And with COVID, it is sort of made issues a bit of totally different.
“A whole lot of stuff digital, it is undoubtedly been a unique 12 months.”
‘This draft course of is a once-in-a-lifetime alternative’
Soccer followers can get at a behind-the-scenes view of Hubbard’s path to the NFL. He’s being featured in DAZN Canada’s “Rookie Diaries,” a collection that follows the lives of homegrown league rookies.
“I am truly blessed to be with DAZN and in a position to present that course of to my household and everybody again house as a result of everybody at all times has questions on that stuff,” Hubbard mentioned. “That is truly one thing I wish to keep in mind . . . down the highway I can truly present my children about what was happening in my younger occasions and the way it was happening for me by way of my course of.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com’s draft guru, has projected Hubbard as a third-day draft choice.
“I wrote down he is sort of a no-nonsense man while you watch him run,” Jeremiah mentioned throughout a pre-draft convention name. “He runs with an actual low pad degree.
“As soon as he will get the ball in his fingers he is robust to get down, [he] breaks loads of tackles.”
Potential document of Canadians to be drafted in 2021
Hubbard is amongst six Canadians who might be chosen this 12 months. That might break the document of 4 set in 2014.
The opposite Canadians garnering NFL consideration embrace: Oregon security Jevon Holland (Coquitlam, B.C.); Tennessee receiver Josh Palmer (Brampton, Ont.), Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga (Calgary), Iowa offensive lineman Alaric Jackson (Windsor, Ont.) and Minnesota cornerback Benjamin St-Juste (Montreal).
Holland’s father, John, was a defensive again in each the NFL (San Francisco 1992-93) and CFL (1990, 1993-97 with B.C., Edmonton and Saskatchewan).
“It is undoubtedly particular,” Hubbard mentioned. “That is what we attempt for, that is the large objective, to assist get publicity again in Canada for all of the younger [players] arising.
“The very fact we might have essentially the most [Canadians] drafted ever is certainly particular., We hope the numbers subsequent 12 months undoubtedly proceed to develop . . . it may possibly’t get a lot better than that.”
However for Hubbard, being chosen can be a really shut second.
“Completely,” Hubbard mentioned. “I have been hoping and praying for this my entire life.
“The very fact I am truly right here and in a position to obtain the dream I have been engaged on for all these years, undoubtedly a sigh of reduction.”