For the second day in a row a Georgia running back has been picked in the 2018 NFL Draft. After Sony Michel went in the first round on Thursday the Cleveland Browns took Nick Chubb in the second round with the No. 35 pick.
Chubb is the fourth Bulldog taken, joining Roquan Smith, Isaiah Wynn and Michel. He is the fourth running back taken in the draft.
Chubb enters the NFL as one of the most accomplished running backs in SEC history as he finished as the conference’s No. 2 overall rusher all-time behind only Herschel Walker.
The Georgia running back likely would’ve gone much higher had he not suffered a significant knee injury in his sophomore season. Chubb was asked numerous times during the NFL draft process about his knee but has maintained the he feels completely confident in it.
“Everyone asks me about it. ‘How does it feel? Does it get sore?’ Everyone has questioned me about it,” Chubb said. “It took time, but it got better and felt better every time I got to run on it and play on it. It definitely took a while to get back, but it does feel really good right now.”
Despite falling to the second round, a number of NFL draft analyst are big fans of Chubb, including Mike Mayock and ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.
“The guy I like on Day 2 who could be a really good player is Georgia running back Nick Chubb,” Kiper Jr. said. “His injury history is what is keeping him out of the first round, but I really think he’s going to play early and often in 2018. He could make a Kareem Hunt-like impact.”
Georgia has produced a number of running backs in recent memory including the likes of Todd Gurley and Knowshon Moreno. Chubb figures to be the next great one in the NFL, along with Michel.