During his press availability last week, Bill Belichick mentioned that in some ways, players’ 2019 seasons may be more useful for talent evaluation than what they did in 2020. If that’s really the case, Chuba Hubbard is a guy who should draw their attention. In 2019, Hubbard was one of the top running backs in college football. He accounted for 2,292 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns. He was expected to be a first-round pick in last year’s draft, but chose to return to Stillwater for one more year. However, Hubbard wasn’t able to capture that same magic early in the 2020 season, and ended up opting out after just seven games to prepare for the NFL Draft. The 2020 struggles aside, Hubbard has shown he can be a talented, dynamic running back who can impact the game in a number of ways. His elite vision allows him to be a factor carrying the ball both between the tackles and on the outside. That vision is combined with a top gear that makes him a home run threat. In the passing game, he’s proven to be effective both as a receiver and blocker, although both of those traits showed up noticeably less in 2020. He also has kick return experience. The Patriots need a do-it-all running back who can try to replace Rex Burkhead, who remains a free agent and is still recovering from a severe late-season knee injury. Hubbard’s versatility and three year playing experience in college make him an attractive candidate for a team traditionally hesitant to play rookie running backs, and his upside is tremendous compared to the other running backs who project to be on the board at this point.