The Green Bay Packers have historically done very well in undrafted free agency and according to Bob McGinn of the Milwakuee Journal-Sentinel, they are about to land one of the most coveted college free agents remaining in Alabama defensive end Adrian Hubbard, who signed with the team pending a physical.
Hubbard, who was a stalwart for the Alabama defense and a starter the past two seasons was projected by experts to go in the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft but due to some heath concerns with his heart, he ended up going undrafted.
The former Crimson Tide standout was diagnosed with a minor heart abnormality, something he was already cleared for by doctor Charles Brown, chief medical officer at Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta and the Falcons’ cardiologist since 1992.
Hubbard will still need to pass a physical before officially becoming a member of the Packers but according to the 6-6, 242-pound defensive end/linebacker, passing a physical will not be a problem.
“It’s going to pass,” Hubbard said to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “Not too much worry. I’m fine. I’ve been playing in the worst conditions the last four years in the heat of Alabama. I’ve been playing sports my whole life. I’ll be OK.
“Situations happen. I wasn’t drafted. I’ll have to go a different route. Teams don’t want to take risks. They don’t want to write off on people.”
Hubbard, who entered the draft as a fourth-year junior played 36 games for the Crimson Tide, starting 26. In that time, he racked up 83 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.
The Packers have been looking for depth at the outside linebacker position and even with the selection of Carl Bradford in the fourth round, you can never have enough pass rushers. Hubbard also is very good at setting the edge in the 3-4 front and has a realistic possibility of earning a roster spot as a backup linebacker this season.