The Cleveland Browns selected Georgia RB Nick Chubb with the third pick in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Fantasy Five on Nick Chubb
1. Chubb, a 5-foot-11, 227 pounder, ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.52 seconds at the NFL Combine.
2. On the surface, he isn’t a special, game-changing running back and wasn’t used often on passing downs so he may be raw there. He is, however, a solid back who can keep moving the chains. Some of that could be to multiple torn ligaments in his left knee during his sophomore season. Several years removed from the injury, Cleveland hopes his best days are ahead of him.
3. The Browns added Carlos Hyde via the free-agent market, but Hyde is just a guy. Plus, the Browns didn’t commit a lot of money to him (three years, $15.25 million with $5 million guaranteed). They also have Duke Johnson, a pass-catching specialist who had 74 catches for 693 yards and three touchdowns a year ago.
4. In a best-case scenario, Chubb is the team’s primary back and goal line specialist with Johnson spelling him on passing downs. That may not happen with Hyde on board. Look for the two to share some early-down carries, at least early in the season. As time goes, Chubb should take over as the primary ball carrier.
5. In your fantasy football draft, I wouldn’t count on Chubb as any better than a mid-range RB4 with upside. Too many mouths to feed in the backfield, and QB Tyrod Taylor will vulture some rushing production, too. Fantasy football projections: 175 carries, 735 yards and five touchdowns.