Berea Report: Savage Can't Resist in Sixth

DT Ahtyba Rubin

The Browns GM jumped in and selected two players. Fred Greetham talked with new Browns DT Ahtyba Rubin and WR Paul Hubbard. Here's the scoop from Berea...

Berea—Phil Savage just couldn't resist.

With the Browns looking at their sixth-round choice (190th overall) they saw two players they liked, so Savage made a deal for the next pick (191st overall), as well. Heading into the seventh-round, the Browns had already made three trades on Sunday.

They selected defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin with the pick they received from the Seahawks in the trade for Charlie Frye. Rubin (6-3, 315 pounds) had 42 tackles last season at Iowa State.

The Browns then traded their 2009 fifth-round choice to the Eagles for the next pick and took wide receiver Paul Hubbard from Wisconsin. The Browns had originally traded their sixth-round pick in the trade to acquire Hank Fraley in 2006. In essence, they re-acquired their original pick.

Rubin was projected by the Sporting News Draft magazine as a third-round selection and many draft experts had him a fourth-round projection. He was compared to the Steelers' Casey Hampton. He was named to the Super Sleeper Team selection by the NFL Draft Report.

Rubin is looking forward to learning behind Shaun Rogers and Shaun Smith the art of being a nose tackle or defensive end in the 3-4 scheme.

"I know they're going to give me a lot of advice and help me to be a better player," Rubin said.

Rubin said he's not concerned with the adjustment of going from a 4-3 to a 3-4.

"It's pretty much the same," Rubin said. "It's just playing football."

Rubin played on the offensive line at Trinity Valley Community College and was recruited to play offensive line at Iowa State. In fact, he was listed in the Cyclones press release as a nose guard/offensive guard.

"I was recruited to go to Iowa State as a left tackle and then switched to the defensive line," he said.

Rubin feels playing defense suits him better.

"I think the type of player I am and with my mentality, I fit best on the defensive side of the ball," he said.

Rubin started 21 of 24 games in his two seasons at Iowa State with 76 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and five quarterback pressures. He also had 2.5 sacks.

With most experts projecting him to be drafted higher, Rubin admitted it was disconcerting to him to wait until the end of the sixth-round before receiving the call.

"I was a little nervous to see how it was going to play out."

Hubbard (6-3, 221 pounds) started his career at Wisconsin on the track team, but walked on to the football team and ended up focusing on the gridiron.

"I was on scholarship for track and field, but they knew I wanted the opportunity to play football," Hubbard said. "They did and I ended up on football scholarship."

As a freshman, Hubbard captured the 2003-04 indoor and outdoor Big Ten Conference titles in the long jump (24'4 ¼" indoor/ 24'5 ½" outdoor), in addition to finishing fourth in the indoor triple jump (49' 11 ¼") competition.

It took Hubbard three seasons to become a starter, but he was primed to have a break-out senior season after progressing his junior season to 38 receptions for 627 yards and five touchdowns. However, he suffered a MCL sprain on his right knee and he missed five games.

"It's safe to say the knee injury hurt my status," Hubbard said. "I've made it to the NFL now, and am looking forward to being part of a good program."

Hubbard caught just 14 passes for 305 yards (21.8 avg.) after catching 38 passes in 2006. He caught five touchdown passes his junior season and none his senior year. His career receiving average per catch was 17.66.

"I'm a big, physical receiver and I like to get yards after the catch," Hubbard said. "I like to get up the field and be a North and South runner."

Hubbard says he's glad to be with Joe Thomas once again.

"It's good to be re-united with Joe Thomas, a former Badger," He said.

Hubbard also is excited to join the receiving corps with fellow Big 10 alumnus Braylon Edwards.

"I've followed Braylon Edwards and am eager to play along side him and learn from him."

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