Underclassmen considered early round NFL draft prospects are in a tough spot when it comes to talking publicly about what they are going to do when there are still college games to be played in their seasons.
So it was on Wednesday night when Georgia junior running back Nick Chubb met with the media.
Since it may have been the last time he would be available before the final regular season game Nov. 28 against Georgia Tech, Chubb was asked if that may be his last home game.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “That’s a long ways away. Just taking it day by day.”
Chubb is rated as the sixth-rated running back for the 2017 NFL draft by ESPN’s Mel Kiper. He isn’t in an NFL first round mock draft by Pro Football Focus that was out this week, but Chubb said “not at all” when asked if being projected to go in the top 32 was important to him.
Chubb returned this year from a gruesome season-ending knee injury last year and he plays at a position where the clock is always ticking on the pro careers.
Georgia will lose three starters from this year’s offensive line.
“You’ve got to check those things,” Chubb said. “Running backs really don’t last a long time in the NFL. Everyone knows that. Me, I worry about things going on right now. That’s not really a factor to me.”
Chubb was considered an early Heisman Trophy contender after rushing for 222 yards and two touchdowns in the opener against North Carolina, but his production is down behind an offensive line that struggled earlier in the season,
He is 11th in the Southeastern Conference with 792 rushing yards and has five touchdowns. His 4.7 yards per carry is down significantly from 8.1 in 2015 and 7.1 in 2014, but he’s coming off his third 100-yard game of the season last week. He rushed for 101 yards on 23 carries in the win over Auburn.
Chubb said he thought of playing in the NFL “since I was a young kid,” he said, and now has a decision to me.
“A lot goes into it,” Chubb said. “Just probably what’s best for yourself if you feel like you need to come back here and do something, like finish up the job or something like that. I know a lot of guys leave for family reasons. I don’t think I have those kind of family reasons. I’m not sure.”
He said he would lean on family, current coaches and former coaches of his.
His timeline to make a decision.
“I’m not really sure,” he said. “If I was to think about it, it would probably be after the bowl game or something like that. Get through the season first.”
Chubb ranks fourth on Georgia’s all-time rushing list with 3,086 yards and is only 199 yards away from tying Todd Gurley for No.2 on the all-time list behind Herschel Walker’s 5,259.
That’s something that he says his mother is excited about.
“It would be an honor to get up there and be one of the top backs at the University of Georgia,” Chubb said. “Herschel Walker’s way ahead but hopefully I get everyone else. If I do, it will be truly a blessing. I never really thought about it, but might as well go for it while we’re here.”