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Alabama LB Adrian Hubbard expected to declare for NFL

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Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard will be the first underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft from the Crimson Tide this season, but he likely will not be the last. According to a report by CBSSports.com, Hubbard is expected to leave with one year of eligibility remaining.

Hubbard recorded 31 tackles and three sacks for Alabama this past season. Multiple draft analysts seem to be suggesting Hubbard is expected to go in the second round of the NFL Draft. For a linebacker, that is a pretty strong assessment, as not many linebackers end up as first round draft picks.

Two linebackers were drafted in the first round in the 2013 NFL Draft. Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, both from Georgia, were first round draft picks. Six linebackers were drafted in the second round. Two linebackers were drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft, with five more coming off the board in the second round. For a linebacker, the second round is a very respectable round to be drafted.

One player Alabama fans and draft folks are keeping tabs on is Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. He is expected to declare a year early for the NFL as well, but has not made announced an official decision just yet. The way Alabama has been recruiting in recent years though, it should be expected the Crimson Tide will have players ready to step in and take over at any position left with a vacancy in the starting line-up in 2014.

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6 Responses to “Alabama LB Adrian Hubbard expected to declare for NFL”
  1. rolltide510 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:08 PM

    Hubbard would have to break records at the combine to get drafted in the second round. Looks like Tarzan, you know the rest.

  2. infrno says: Jan 8, 2014 8:55 PM

    Something must be horribly wrong in Tuscaloosa! These underclassmen leaving Saban? They don’t want to play for him anymore. He’s losing the team. Fire his ass and get a real coach!

    /sarcasm

  3. normtide says: Jan 8, 2014 9:09 PM

    Hubbard never got the publicity, but he was a major piece of that defense. I don’t know how high he will be drafted, he needs to be in a 3-4, and mainly a run stopper. Either way, I wish him great success.

  4. bigdinla says: Jan 8, 2014 9:21 PM

    Personally I believe Hubbard will do better in a less complex and rigid system. He has all the ability in the world. Look for him to blow up as a rush OLB in a 3-4 like Pittsburgh or Baltimore.

  5. bralinshan says: Jan 8, 2014 11:24 PM

    Hubbard is overrated. He’s extremely long at 6’5 but he’s soft as a babies bottom. I watched 5-6 Alabama games this year and live 3 miles from his high school (Norcross HS/2 times 6A Champs) and I NEVER saw him bring the wood. He’s just not physical and his length is an asset but he’ll get pushed around.
    The best he usually did was knock down a pass. Seriously, the NFL is a physical league and he doesn’t fit in that respect.

  6. dhardy8207 says: Jan 9, 2014 8:47 AM

    Hate to see Hubbard leave early but I guess he has to do what’s best for his situation. I believe lots of times guys leave early for that big pay check that comes with signing to the NFL, however those aspirations don’t always work out.

    Regardless, he’s been a solid player at BAMA and I wish him all the best at the next level.

    Roll Tide…..

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