DT Sam Hubbard – Video Scout Bonus Play
Scouting players for the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft is an exercise in focus. You’re constantly on YouTube checking out highlights of upcoming prospects and as much as you are looking for technique, athleticism and desire you also look for the rare instances in collegiate football where the player you are interested in is matched up with NFL caliber competition.
In college “athleticism” is such a huge part of the game. A guy at WR that is 6’4″ and runs a 4.5 40 yard dash doesn’t have to refine his route tree. For 90% of his plays he is facing college level players. He is bigger, faster, stronger and quicker than all of them. He just goes out and balls. When he gets to the NFL, life changes in a hurry as all of a sudden he isn’t out-jumping anyone and has to refine his craft or find himself out of a job.
So when you get a chance to see a prospect you are scouting go up against other players who are projected to go in an upcoming draft you pay attention. How do these players perform when faced with athleticism that is in the same ball park?
Now throw all that out the window and watch this “Big 4th quarter stop during Buckeyes comeback win over Penn State” as DT Sam Hubbard gets a chance to go at 2018 NFL Draft prospect RB Saquon Barkley and 2019 NFL Draft prospect QB Trace McSorley.
Yes, it’a “one” busted play. However athleticism can get you out of a lot of those. Not with Sam Hubbard in “kill zone” mode it seems.
That’s how you attack. That’s how you finish. That’s two for the price of one.
RB Saquon Barkley is going to have a successful NFL career. So is DT Sam Hubbard.
What say you Sports Nation?
Another Left Coast Sports Post: on Twitter – Steven Van Over