2018 Cleveland Browns: Early Team MVP Award predictions
5. Nick Chubb, RB
Coming in at the number five spot is, to some I would suppose, a big surprise. Nick Chubb, as many suspected going into Draft Friday, will be wearing orange and brown come 2018. But, it may come as a surprise to many just how electric Chubb can be.
Following a successful surgery on his (frankly absolutely destroyed) left knee, many asked if Chubb would ever be the same again. Chubb looked those who doubted him right in the face, asked if they were sure about their doubts, and then had a shockingly great 2017 season.
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Alright, let’s slow down for a second. Did Nick Chubb have a solid, if not great, 2017? Yes, absolutely. With 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2017 alone, Chubb had a great final year with the Georgia Bulldogs.
But, did Chubb also become a victim of his backfield partner’s greatness? Oh, absolutely. Without question, Georgia’s other running back, Sony Michel, greatly hurt Chubb’s draft stock.
All of this has combined to, quite possibly, create the perfect storm of running back-induced fury. Nick Chubb is an angry runner, perhaps the angriest in the class. Everything Chubb does on the field is to prove people wrong, and this could fuel him to a great rookie season.
Soon enough, it is fair to predict that newly-signed Carlos Hyde will become mostly irrelevant. In the shadows of Chubb and third-down back Duke Johnson, Hyde may be the worst of the Browns’ three-headed running back committee.
Hopefully for Chubb, his knee is ready to go at the next level. Most of Cleveland’s recent offensive woes have come from not only bad quarterback play, but an abysmal running game. Let’s change that, shall we, to the tune of Chubb, Johnson, and Hyde.