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The Oklahoma State pro day was today and players also had their media session. According to Nick Farabaugh of Steelers Now, Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins and running back Chuba Hubbard said they have talked with the Steelers.
Jenkins is a big, physical offensive tackle that has been linked to the Steelers in many mock drafts. Jenkins is a dominant run blocker, and that's exactly what the Steelers need after ranking last in the league in rushing yards per game (84.4) and yards per carry (3.6) last season.
Jenkins displayed a great workout at his pro day today. Running an impressive 4.9 in the 40-yard dash at 6-foot-5, 317 pounds. He also put up 36 reps on the bench press. Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network, says the Steelers and Jets have a lot of interest in the Oklahoma State offensive tackle. Jenkins would make a lot of sense for the Steelers at 24th overall in the draft.
Hubbard had a breakout season in 2019, rushing for 2,094 yards on 328 carries (6.4 average) and 21 touchdowns. His stats dropped off in 2020 where he played just seven games due to an ankle injury, rushing for 625 yards on 133 carries (4.7 average) and five touchdowns. Hubbard is projected to be selected in the fourth round of the draft.
"Playing in 37 career games (35 starts) at Oklahoma State, Teven Jenkins experienced time at right guard, left tackle, and right tackle. With a bulk of his experience coming at right tackle, he blossomed during his final two seasons. Playing in the first eight games of the season, he elected to opt out after suffering what was reported as lower back issues. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound fifth-year senior offensive tackle is a top-heavy blocker that has experienced success in the team's Air Raid offense. A quick setter that’s prone to take horizontal pass sets, he’s created a habit of establishing quick wins by striking his hands and controlling defenders. As a run blocker, he’s able to create considerable amounts of movement when able to gain momentum prior to engagement points. A well above average finisher, Jenkins is the type of offensive lineman that attempts to humiliate players in the opposite color jersey. The echo of the whistle doesn’t slow down his process and he continues on with his process until he wants to conclude. Jenkins' athleticism and lack of overall range may create questions about his potential at offensive tackle and there will be some teams who grade him as a guard as a result. Jenkins will have a strong chance of being the first offensive lineman drafted from the program since Russell Okung (2010)."
"Chuba Hubbard was born in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, but grew up in Edmonton. His first introduction to sports came at the age of six, as he became a successful track runner. After constantly asking, his mother eventually let him play tackle football at 10 years old. From there, he became an instant star. In his final two years of high school football, he rushed for 5,308 yards and 63 touchdowns at Bev Facey Community High School. Colorado State was the first to offer him a scholarship and Oklahoma State followed shortly thereafter. Hubbard was only the second Edmonton area high school football player to earn an NCAA Division I scholarship in the last decade. Also continuing his ways as a track runner, he competed at the 2015 (summer) IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, placing fourth overall in the 100-meter sprint with a personal-best finish of 10.55 seconds in the semifinal.
"Eventually signing with the Cowboys, Hubbard went on to have a prolific career. One of the best rushers in school history, Hubbard is a patient and confident runner that runs well behind his pads. Keeping a low center of gravity, he’s a one cut and accelerate runner that’s had lots of success in the wide-open Air Raid offense. With adequate vision and the athleticism to take advantage of small spaces, he’s a threat that could thrive in a zone-based blocking scheme that leverages angles and relies on quick cuts from rushers. Hubbard’s biggest deficiencies come in the passing game, as he’s failed to become a reliable option in that department. A somewhat conflicted catcher of the ball, he can fight it and struggle to haul passes in. Also a liability as a pass protector, he doesn’t bring the same physicality as a blocker as he does when possessing the ball."