With the 126th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft the Carolina Panthers draft Chuba Hubbard, running back, Oklahoma State. Hubbard, a Canadian running back who was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta is the fourth Canadian-born athlete drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft, tying the previous record set in 2012. He’s alongside Jevon Holland, Joshua Palmer and Benjamin St Juste in this year’s draft that are already picked, and with both Alaric Jackson and Amen Ogbongbemiga we may just see the record broken today with 5 or 6 Canadians drafted this weekend.
Hubbard may be the steal of the draft to play with Christian McCaffrey in the Carolina Panthers backfield. He had an all-purpose 4,490 yards over the span of the three seasons at OSU with 660 touches. Scoring 36 touchdowns in 33 games Chuba Hubbard averaged a touchdown once every 18 touches over his collegiate career and after leading the NCAA in rushing in 2019 with well over 2,000 yards as well as a 40 yard dash time of 4.48 he brings good speed and quickness to the backfield, even similar traits as McCaffrey making this a perfect fit for Hubbard.
McCaffrey also suffered a serious injury last season, making it more likely for us to see the Canadian running back featured in the offence in 2021.