It’s not often you find a 6’6″, 260 pound outside linebacker. Add in the fact that he is coming from arguably the best football program in collegiate sports in Alabama. That’s the type of player the Green Bay Packers are getting with Adrian Hubbard. The Packers will have their work cut out for them, but Hubbard has the talent pay huge dividends for the future.
As I said earlier, Hubbard passes the eye test. Alabama plays an aggressive 4-3 defense and that’s not the scheme Hubbard is better suited for. Hubbard is better suited to play the outside linebacker position in the 3-4 defensive scheme. Nevertheless, Hubbard played the SAM linebacker position (the strong-side linebacker) throughout his college career. His job is to take on blockers and make plays behind the backfield. In a pass-happy college conference, Hubbard’s numbers and production as a whole took a hit because of this.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers is one of the best defensive minds with the 3-4 defense and Hubbard could be an interesting fit in the system if he makes the team. Hubbard has an NFL-ready body, but he could use a ton of polishing and refinement. Hubbard needs to work on his speed off the ball and his turn of direction when locating the football.
Inconsistency hurt his play in college, but Hubbard was a high recruit coming out of high school and there aren’t many players who are more physically-gifted than him. Although the Packers have Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers in place at the outside linebacker, Hubbard could learn a lot from them and ultimately take over for one of them in the future.