It looks like Nick Chubb’s decision to return for his senior season was a smart one.
The Georgia RB has had a clearly remarkable career with the Bulldogs. Chubb recently surpassed the 4,000 yards rushing in his career which makes him one of just eight SEC players to reach that mark.
It was his decision to return for his senior year that allowed him to reach that mark, and it appears Chubb has also improved his draft stock by returning.
Chubb did rush for 1,130 yards last year after recovering from a devastating knee injury, but he did not resemble the player fans had grown used to seeing. His yards per carry and touchdown rate in 2016 were well below his career numbers.
Chubb made the decision to return for his senior year, and Lance Zierlein with NFL.com believes the decision has improved his draft value:
Over the past couple of weeks, three NFL evaluators have told me that they see a much better version of Georgia RB Nick Chubb than they saw last season, when he was making his return from a severe knee injury. All three believe he will be drafted higher in 2018 than if he had entered the 2017 draft.
Chubb has been impressive this season and could play his way into the Heisman discussion. He will have plenty of opportunities the rest of this season to impress scouts and continue to build on the progress he has already made.
Georgia is getting ready to take on Missouri at home this weekend. Saturday’s kickoff is set for 7:30 pm EST on the SEC Network.