Scouting Report: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

Cincinnati, OH | 6044 | 265 | 4.72E | 2019

Possesses a pro-ready body and skillset, with the experience to step in and start immediately. Special breed of player capable of playing any position along the defensive line, in addition to outside linebacker and actually began his career as a defensive back after originally committing to Notre Dame for Lacrosse. He was discovered by head coach Urban Meyer during a high school dodge ball game. Will transition from playing primarily in a four-point stance, to switching up to more of a hybrid role, where he will also be asked to play standing up as an outside linebacker heading into 2017—with his athleticism and ability, it should be a smooth transition, not to mention a glimpse into his diverse talents. He’ll have his opportunity to prove than he can drop back in space and cover. Needs to work on flipping his hips better and setting up his opponents with power. He has also acknowledged working on improving his hand technique. Has bulked up about 50 pounds since arriving at Columbus. His ability to fit in a variety of schemes, to go along with his size and athleticism will be very appealing to pro talent evaluators. He has drawn comparisons to Ryan Kerrigan (Redskins).

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2016: Hubbard started every game for the Buckeyes and was second on the team among defensive lineman with 46 tackles … also contributed 8.0 tackles-for-loss, including 3.5 sacks, and two pass break-ups.

2015: Hubbard was named a freshman All-American by USA Today … he earned the start in the season opener against Virginia Tech and was a key back-up in the final 12 games for the 12-1 Buckeyes … recorded 28 tackles, including eight tackles-for-loss totaling 44 yards plus 6.5 quarterback sacks.

High School/Personal: Hubbard was a first-team Associated Press Division I all-state safety in 2013 and was rated by Scout as the No. 1 player in the state of Ohio and a five-star recruit … Scout ranked him the No. 2 OLB prospect in the nation while Rivals and ESPN rated him No. 37 and No. 43, respectively … also highly rated overall nationally by Scout (No. 29) and Rivals (No. 124) and as the No. 9 athlete by 247Sports … Hubbard led Archbishop Moeller to consecutive Division I state championships as a junior and senior … he recorded 109 tackles and five interceptions as a senior, including a 10-tackle performance against Mentor in the 2013 state title game to cap a 14-1 season … also had a fumble recovery, interception and blocked extra point vs. Mentor … all five of his 2013 interceptions came in the state playoffs, including two vs. St. Xavier … Hubbard had 75 tackles and two interceptions for Moeller’s 2012 state champion team that finished 12-3 … is an outstanding lacrosse player, as well, who considered playing college lacrosse before choosing to be a Buckeye … is the son of Amy and Jim Hubbard.