#6 – Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard
The Buckeyes front seven had no shortage of talent in 2017, and Sam Hubbard is projected to be one of the top defensive ends off the board.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound prospect is likely a perfect fit as a 4-3 defensive end, but some draft analysts believe he can fill multiple roles at the next level. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah lists Hubbard as the No. 41 overall prospect on his Big Board. He writes that he’s an ideal fit as a 4-3 defensive end, but also states Hubbard can fit as a defensive end in a three-man front if he adds some weight.
Jeremiah’s colleague, Mike Mayock, on the other hand, believes Hubbard can fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker or a 4-3 defensive end.
In three seasons at Ohio State, Hubbard amassed 116 tackles, 30 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks, and three forced fumbles. The Buckeyes defensive end may not be the most athletic or have the most upside potential, but he is considered one of the safer pass rushing prospects. Teams will know what they are getting in Hubbard.