According to CBS’ Jeremy Fowler, Adrian Hubbard of the Alabama Crimson Tide plans to enter the NFL draft.
#Alabama LB Adrian Hubbard plans to enter the NFL draft, per source
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) January 8, 2014
Losing players early to the NFL is obviously nothing new for the Tide, who lose several early entrants to the draft seemingly every season.
Hubbard was an unsung hero for the Tide defense. He was originally recruited by several teams like the Florida State Seminoles, South Carolina Gamecocks, Clemson Tigers, Auburn Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats, as a defensive lineman, but the Tide used a redshirt season in 2010 to transition him into a linebacker.
Hubbard served as a backup in 2011 before starting 12 games as the “Sam” linebacker in 2012. He had 39 tackles, 10 for loss, 6.0 sacks and three forced fumbles, showing he was a force.
This season, Hubbard’s numbers took a bit of a decline as he finished with just 3.0 sacks on the season.
Hubbard, who thought about entering last year’s draft, is mostly projected as a late first/early second round pick.