DE, Sam Hubbard, Round 3, No. 77 overall
Many were concerned after the ACL injury Carl Lawson suffered that the Bengals pass rush would take a large step back. Hubbard not only took advantage of the increased playing time, he’s looking like a steal with his production.
Hubbard recorded the third-most sacks among those in the 2018 draft class with six, behind two All-Rookie team selections Bradley Chubb and Darius Leonard. In 16 games he also recorded 39 tackles, seven of them for loss, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and nine quarterback hits.
What helps Hubbard stand out though is his versatility. Not only is he a beast on the defensive end, but he served as a lead blocker on goal line situations and made plays on special teams.