Stampeders select NFL Draft pick, Canadian RB Chuba Hubbard in CFL Draft

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The Calgary Stampeders selected NFL Draft pick, star Canadian running back Chuba Hubbard in the CFL Draft on Tuesday night.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta native was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the NFL Draft last week in the fourth round, 126 overall. The Stamps picked Hubbard in the fifth round, 43rd overall.

At his Oklahoma State University pro day, Hubbard ran a hand-timed 4.36 forty-yard dash. He also recorded a 36-inch vertical jump, 10-foot broad jump, 4.26 short shuttle, 7.24 three-cone, and performed 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Hubbard led the NCAA with 2,094 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore and was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He finished eighth in voting for the Heisman Trophy, the most prestigious award in college football.

Many pundits speculated that he would have been a second or third-round pick had he declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. Instead, Hubbard returned to Oklahoma State for his redshirt junior season, proving his desire to lead his team to a conference championship.

The Cowboys started the season strong at 5-1 but were manhandled by rival Oklahoma on November 21 by a score of 41-13. Hubbard re-aggravated an injury that had plagued him for parts of the year, ending his season. Hubbard finished the season with 133 carries for 625 yards and five touchdowns, by far the worst totals of his college career.

Hubbard drew the attention of American scouts when he played at Bev Facey Community High School in his hometown. He rushed 458 times for 6,880 yards and 82 touchdowns over three years playing Canadian football.

In 2015, the Stampeders chose running back Tyler Varga in the third round, 19th overall. After suffering a concussion in his rookie NFL season, Varga retired and never played for Calgary. General manager John Hufnagel is hoping for a different outcome with Hubbard.