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Adrian Hubbard | Linebacker

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 248

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Recent News's Chase Goodbread highlighted Alabama LB Adrian Hubbard as making one of the draft's worst early-entree decisions.
Hubbard (6-foot-5 7/8, 257 pounds) shockingly declared for the draft in January after receiving a second- to fourth-round grade from the NFL's draft advisory board, a projection that seemed a bit generous even at the time. "He wasn't especially productive as a junior with the Crimson Tide, making 33 tackles and three sacks last season," Goodbread wrote. "More of a supporting-cast member of the Alabama defense than one of its alpha dogs, Hubbard could have benefited from playing a larger role in Alabama's defense next season." Hubbard signed as an undrafted free agent with the Packers. He has starting-caliber athletic traits, but needs to get much stronger and clean up mechanical flaws. Mon, May 12, 2014 10:52:00 PM

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Packers signed Alabama LB Adrian Hubbard.

Hubbard (6-foot-5 7/8, 257) looks the part getting off the bus, but was a big disappointment in Tuscaloosa, managing 17 career tackles for loss and nine sacks in three seasons. He played strong-side outside linebacker in Nick Saban's 3-4. At the Combine, Hubbard ran 4.69 with a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. Hubbard has starting-caliber athletic traits, but isn't an explosive edge rusher, lacks strength, and technical flaws held him back throughout college. He's a project who may have to gain weight and convert into more of a line-of-scrimmage player to pan out.
Sun, May 11, 2014 03:01:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki believes that Alabama OLB Adrian Hubbard has "starter traits, but has yet to reach the impact level he thinks he makes."

"Has a quirky personality, inflated opinion of his ability and carries a sense of entitlement that could be difficult to manage and require a patient positional coach," wrote Nawrocki. We love Hubbard's imposing 6-foot-5, 252-pound frame, but he was a disappointment on the field in Tuscaloosa, recording only 31 tackles and three sacks in 12 games this past season. Although the Crimson Tide product never lived up to expectations, a team will bite earlier than it probably should on his upside. Hubbard must learn how to use his length and hands at the point of attack, or his tenure in the NFL will be short lived.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 08:08:00 PM

Alabama redshirt junior OLB Adrian Hubbard has been added to the Senior Bowl roster.

Savage was able to amend the roster rules last year, which allows fourth year juniors who graduated in December to qualify for the event. Hubbard might be the lone prospect to fill this category this year. The Crimson Tide product never lived up to expectations, but a team will be interested in his frame upside. He needs to learn how to use his length and hands at the point of attack.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 09:47:00 AM

Alabama redshirt junior OLB Adrian Hubbard received a second- to fourth-round grade from the NFL's draft advisory board.

Hubbard declared for the draft on Thursday. We like Hubbard's 6-foot-5, 252-pound frame, but he's been a disappointment the past two years. He recorded only 31 tackles and three sacks in 12 games this past season. Hubbard could very well blow scouts away during the evaluation process and shoot up draft boards, but we wouldn't take him prior to the middle rounds.
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 08:13:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler reports Alabama redshirt junior OLB Adrian Hubbard will declare for the NFL draft.

Hubbard has been a disappointment the last two seasons. His best trait may be his frame, but Hubbard lacks the pop on first contact and has not learned how to use his length. Unless his work out blows evaluators away, expect Hubbard to be a third- or fourth-round pick.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 09:37:00 AM

Alabama's pass rushing leads the SEC in pressure percentage, according to ESPN States and Info.

"Through 11 games, the Tide has pressured the quarterback 26.1 percent of the time, compared to 22.5 percent in 2012 and 23.8 percent in 2011," Alex Scarbrough writes. The metric is calculated as hurries plus knockdowns, divided by total dropbacks. Despite deploying great defenses over the last few years, the Crimson Tide has struggled to create a consistent pass rush. That could be changing this season.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 10:53:00 AM

NFL network's Daniel Jeremiah does not consider Alabama redshirt junior OLB Adrian Hubbard a "dynamic pass rusher."

"Hubbard is strong at the point of attack," but he plays "too high, lacks twitch and stalls on bull rush," according to Jeremiah. Hubbard has continued to draw attention thanks to his frame and splash plays, but he needs to consistently generate pressure in order to be mentioned with other top edge rushers.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay believes Alabama redshirt junior OLB Adrian Hubbard lacks elite quickness off the edge.

Hubbard "plays high, lacks elite 1st step and suddeness," according to McShay. He added the pass rusher is a smooth athlete with violent hands and is strong versus the run while displaying versatility. Hubbard never truly hit his stride last year and will need to take a big step forward in order to improve the Crimson Tide's pass rush.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 10:19:00 AM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough believes there is "renewed optimism" surrounding Alabama redshirt sophomore OLB Adrian Hubbard.

Hubbard had a coming out party in last year's Spring game, and despite leading the team with seven sacks, the redshirt sophomore failed to reach expectations in 2012. Still, he ended the season with three solid performances, so that momentum could carry over into next year.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 12:06:00 PM

Redshirt sophomore OLB Adrian Hubbard was the only Alabama defensive player to record more than four sacks during the 2012 season.

Hubbard contemplated entering the 2013 NFL draft, but will return to the Crimson Tide as the team's top pass rusher. He finished with seven sacks last season, and one of Nick Saban's top priorities will be to find a complimentary pass rusher. Freshman Dee Liner has a chance to be that player.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 09:44:00 AM

Alabama redshirt sophomore OLB Adrian Hubbard will return to school for the 2013 season.

It had previously been reported that Hubbard received a "favorable" grade formt he Draft Advisory Board, but the redshirt sophomore still has two seasons of eligibility remaining and some filling out to do. He could be in store for a big 2013 campaign.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 04:30:00 PM

Scouts Inc's Todd McShay was told Alabama redshirt sophomore OLB received a "favorable" grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Hubbard didn't make too big of a splash against Notre Dame, but the large pass rushing outside linebacker offers great length and size with some growing still left to do. We wouldn't be surprised to see Hubbard declare for April's Draft.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 08:51:00 AM

Through two games, the Alabama defense has only registered two combined sacks, something they plan to change Saturday against Arkansas.

"We haven't really faced any teams that pass a lot. This week, if we execute what we do, you should see it," sophomore outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard said. He continues to play with a brace on his elbow due to a hyperextension suffered during the summer, but at Courtney Upshaw's old spot, Hubbard should be able to generate pressure from the edge.
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 09:17:00 AM

Alabama plans to use Adrian Hubbard and Xzavier Dickson as their starting 3-4 OLBs, despite both projecting to the "Jack" role.

The Jack linebacker has most recently been held by Courtney Upshaw and it is more of a designated pass rushing role. On the opposite side is the Sam backer, but head coach Nick Saban insists that his two best players will start despite their positions. Hubbard boasts a larger frame than Dickson but missed time in offseason workouts. Crimson Tide coaches have generated great success because they understand that conforming to your talent and putting playmakers in positions to win is more important than a set scheme.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 12:12:00 PM