Adrian Hubbard NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Darren PageFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2014

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  Adrian Hubbard #42 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates a second quarter sack against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama (HT: 6’6” WT: 257 lbs)



NFL Comparison: Ahmad Brooks, OLB, San Francisco 49ers

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  • Tall build with uncommon length. 
  • Quicker off the ball from a three- or four-point stance. 
  • Flashes ability to hit a second gear as a rusher to threaten the edge. 
  • Disruptive as a stunting rusher, handful with a head of steam. 
  • Can deliver a strong punch and press the pocket with power rushes on occasion. 
  • Long arms to make plays on the ball in coverage when he gets into passing lanes. 
  • Utilizes height advantage to locate the ball quickly and holds gaps accordingly. 
  • Can plant foot and drive into inside gaps to great effect. 
  • Active with his hands, utilizes length by extending arms to control blockers. 
  • Strong upper body to negate drive blocks and stack effectively at the line of scrimmage. 
  • Skilled at setting a hard edge by keeping outside shoulder free and pinching down from outside. 
  • Faster than expected in open-field pursuit. 
  • Technically sound tackler who wraps up backs consistently. 
  • Played faster and far more effective in a simpler role as a sophomore.



  • Lacks bulk in the lower half, built top-heavy. 
  • Average athlete in terms of lateral quickness and initial burst. 
  • Rigid body type that has an extreme lack of flexibility. 
  • Can’t naturally bend at the knees and sink hips to keep pads down on first contact. 
  • Accomplishes little with his hands as a rusher. 
  • Doesn’t bat away or rip through the hands of tackles even when he has a step. 
  • Severe lack of developed pass-rush moves. 
  • Lacks necessary initial quickness to consistently win with speed. 
  • Can’t flatten out around the corner while maintaining balance. 
  • Unproductive spin move that he likes to use, no power or lateral quickness to it. 
  • Power in rushes can be limited by high pad level, inability to leverage. 
  • Stiffness limits movement in pass coverage. 
  • Reliant on ability to get physical with receivers or tight end, feet too heavy to play route breaks. 
  • Doesn’t keep head up or maintain balance to take on kick-out blocks. 
  • Production and play fell off in 2014.
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Personal Notes

  • A 4-star prospect as a recruit in class of 2010, ranked 54th in the ESPN 150
  • Reportedly received a first- or second-round projection from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee. 
  • Earned degree and graduated after 2013 fall semester before participating in the Senior Bowl.


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The physical potential of the freakishly-sized Adrian Hubbard is one of two things anchoring his draft stock after a massively disappointing junior campaign.  The other is that he looked the part of a promising prospect as a sophomore.  Rounding him back into that form is what his NFL team will be tasked with.

Hubbard’s ceiling as a prospect leaves something to be desired, though.  His limitations athletically, especially the stiffness with which he moves, will always hold him back.  At this point in his development, he’s a run-stopper only.  Those kind of edge defenders aren’t highly valued in today’s NFL.  Tack on concerns with what his true position will be at the next level, and the question marks start to add up.


Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round