Earlier this week, Fox Sports personality Colin Cowherd predicted that Nick Chubb will be the NFL Rookie of the Year for the 2018 season. Cowherd is certainly not alone in making that prediction.
While conventional wisdom may lead us to believe a high draft pick like Baker Mayfield or Saquon Barkley will win the Rookie of the Year award, anybody who knows Nick Chubb knows it’s foolish to bet against him. Time and time again he has proven the doubters wrong as he has returned to his old form after suffering a devastating knee injury in 2015.
After that injury, some seriously contemplated whether Chubb would ever be able to even play football again. Then Chubb, in his true workhorse-like fashion, went on to become the SEC’s second all-time leading rusher and served as an integral part of Georgia’s magical run during the 2017 season (not to mention being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of last month’s draft). Picking Chubb as the favorite for this NFL award makes sense for several reasons.
It’s safe to assume the Cleveland Browns won’t be employing a pass-heavy offense in 2018, regardless of who starts at quarterback. Having a consistent running game would help Tyrod Taylor were he to be the starter, but it also will help with Baker Mayfield’s development once he eventually takes the reigns in Cleveland.
Furthermore, let’s not forget that Chubb possesses other-worldly strength and stamina. His ability to shed tackles and fight for extra yards makes him an ideal bruising running back in the NFL. And while Chubb served as Georgia’s starting running back for most of his college career, he was not used as much in comparison to other incoming rookie running backs because of the embarrassment of riches the Georgia football team has with running backs year after year. Having to share carries with Sony Michel and others over the last few years means Chubb should be fresh and able to handle a more grueling workload at the pro level.
It’s hard not to root for a guy like Nick Chubb. Here’s a guy that comes from humble beginnings who gave everything he had to the University of Georgia for four marvelous years. He does things the right way and has an extremely high work ethic, which I’m sure contributed to why the Browns drafted him in the first place. If Chubb can stay healthy in 2018, look for a heavy dose of number 31 (his new number) in Cleveland, which may lead to him being named the NFL Rookie of the Year.