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Meet the Prospect: Nick Chubb

Name: Nick Chubb

Position: Running back

School: Georgia

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 228

40 dash: 4.52 seconds

Bench: 29 reps

Vertical: 38.5 inches

Broad: 128.0 inches

3-cone: 7.09 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.25 seconds

How he fits: Chubb is a no-nonsense north and south runner. He isn't going to make a lot of defenders miss, but he will run through arm tackles and get tough yards.

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His performance at the Combine showed there's some explosiveness to his game. His 29 reps on the bench were tied with Saquon Barkley for the top among running backs. His vertical and broad jump, which are typically used as measurements on explosiveness, were both in the top four among the running backs there. Chubb had 19 runs of 20-plus yards last season.

The Lions signed LeGarrette Blount, 31, in free agency this offseason, and Blount says he still has plenty of miles left on his tires. Still, with such a deep and talented group of runners in this draft, the Lions could certainly look to add another young back to the running back room. Chubb's blend of size, toughness and explosive traits could be a fit sometime in Day 2 of the draft.

The one knock on Chubb through the pre-draft process has been that he wasn't used much in the passing game at Georgia. Will he be relegated to a two-down role in the NFL? His ability to be a factor in the passing game is something he'll have to prove to teams.

Key observations: Chubb played in 13 games (eight starts) as a true freshman in the SEC, and rushed for 1,547 (7.1 average) yards and 14 touchdowns.

He suffered a knee injury midway through his sophomore season, but still returned the following year and rushed for 1,130 yards and another eight scores.

He shared the backfield with Sony Michel this past season, and still rushed for 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Chubb finished his college career with 4,769 rushing yards, trailing only Herschel Walker in both UGA and SEC lists of all-time career leaders.

What they had to say about him: "Chubb is a powerfully built running back. He's at his best running between the tackles. He has excellent vision. He runs with a high pad level, but he has incredible contact balance. Defenders routinely bounce off him in the hole and he always fights for extra yards.

"On perimeter runs, he doesn't bring the ideal suddenness to get the corner, but once he gets north/south, he's a load to bring down. He lacks home-run speed, but he racks up a lot of doubles. In the passing game, he has strong/reliable hands and he's dependable in limited pass-protection opportunities. Chubb reminds me of Jonathan Stewart coming out of college, but he doesn't quite have the same burst. However, he did help himself with an impressive combine performance." – Daniel Jeremiah

How he stacks up: Most draft analysts list the top four backs in this class as Barkley, Derrius Guice, Ronald Jones II and Michel, in varying orders, with Chubb and Rashaad Penny typically listed as the fifth or sixth back.

Chubb is listed as the No. 44 overall prospect available by Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network. He's listed at No. 49 by NFL Draft Scout and No. 58 by Scouts Inc.   What he had to say: "Probably just the tough, running downhill part," Chubb said at the Combine of what part of his game translates best to NFL.

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