Hubbard Heads Undrafted Rookies

Hubbard (Chuck Cook - USA Today)

Alabama's Adrian Hubbard, a big, athletic outside linebacker, had seven sacks in 2012 but just three in 2013.

Alabama's Adrian Hubbard headlines the Green Bay Packers' 12-man class of college free agents.

Hubbard is one of four linebackers, along with running backs Raijon Neal and LaDarius Perkins, quarterback Chase Rettig, and defensive linemen Carlos Gray and Mike Pennel.

A two-year starter at strong-side outside linebacker for the Crimson Tide, Hubbard was thought to have walked away from the game of football to pursue a career in basketball back in 2008, but his return to the gridiron while at Norcross High School would see the four-star prospect play a big part in Alabama capturing two national championships.

After redshirting in 2010 and playing sparingly in 2011, Hubbard was listed third on the depth chart after moving to strong-side linebacker during 2012 spring drills. By the time the season rolled around, he was the Tide's full-time starter.

Hubbard piled up 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including taking down quarterbacks seven times in 2012. Three of his four QB pressures came on third-down plays. Three of his stops-for-loss caused fumbles and he recorded a career-high 41 tackles, including 24 solo stops.

Hubbard remained Alabama's starting "Sam" linebacker throughout what would turn out to be his final college campaign in 2013. He struggled to come close to his sophomore season's production level, managing 33 tackles in 13 appearances. Three of those stops were sacks — all coming in the last five games — plus 5.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and four QB pressures. With degree in hand, he declared himself eligible for the draft.

Hubbard has plenty of ability. He posted a 4.69 40-yard dash, 38.5-inch vertical and 17 reps on the bench. Hubbard has 34.5-inch arms.

Among the other signings is Washington State offensive lineman John Fullington, who had a pre-draft visit.

Along with the 12 signings, the Packers released Chase Thomas.

NoNamePosHtWtCollegeHS Hometown 
45Jake DoughtyLB6-0234Utah StateDraper, Utah 
47Jayrone ElliottLB6-3255ToledoCleveland, Ohio 
74Carlos GrayDE6-2313North Carolina StatePinson, Ala. 
79John FullingtonT6-5300Washington StateBelfair, Wash. 
49Adrian HubbardLB6-6257AlabamaNorcross, Ga. 
62Jordan McCrayG6-3322Central FloridaMiami, Fla. 
34Rajion NealRB5-11220TennesseeTyrone, Ga. 
64Mike PennelDT6-4332Colorado State-PuebloAurora, Colo. 
80Justin PerilloTE6-3250MaineWilmington, Del. 
36LaDarius PerkinsRB5-7195Mississippi StateGreenville, Miss. 
7Chase RettigQB6-2215Boston CollegeSan Clemente, Calif. 
48Joe ThomasLB6-1227South Carolina StateBlackville, S.C. 
43Ryan WhiteCB5-10197AuburnTallahassee, Fla.

Here are the biographies, courtesy of the Packers.

Doughty (DOUBT-ee), 22, earned first-team All-Mountain West honors in 2013 after recording 148 tackles (42 solo), including 12 tackles for a loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He ranked second in the nation (FBS) in tackles and his tackle total was good for fourth all-time in the history of the conference. As a junior in 2012, he earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference recognition after ranking second in the conference with 109 tackles (36 solo).

Elliott, 22, earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors as a senior in 2013 after leading the team in sacks (nine) and tackles for a loss (14). He ranked third on the squad with 70 tackles (43 solo) and led the Rockets with five forced fumbles. Elliott paced the team with six sacks as a junior and ranked third with seven tackles for a loss.

Fullington, 22, started all 13 games for the Cougars as a senior in 2013, opening the first five contests at right guard and the final eight contests at right tackle. He won the Mike Utley Award in '13 for WSU's offensive lineman of the year. Fullington started the final 43 games of his career, which is tied for the longest streak by an offensive lineman in program history and tied for the second longest by any Cougar.

Gray, 21, appeared in 11 games with four starts as a sophomore in 2013 and registered 23 tackles (10 solo), including four tackles for a loss, 2? sacks and a fumble recovery. He played in 11 games with one start as a redshirt freshman in 2012 and registered 10 tackles (one solo) and a fumble recovery.

Hubbard, 22, started all 13 games for the Crimson Tide as a junior in 2013 and registered 33 tackles (20 solo), including 5? tackles for a loss, three sacks and three passes defensed. As a sophomore in 2012, he played in 14 games with 13 starts and posted 41 tackles (24 solo), including 11 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and a team-high three forced fumbles.

McCray, 21, started all 13 games at left guard for the Golden Knights as a senior in 2013 and earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors. As a junior, he started all 14 contests, opening seven at each guard position, and received honorable mention All-Conference USA recognition.

Tanner Miller, 22, started all 13 games for the Hawkeyes at free safety as a senior in 2013, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition from the coaches and the media. He ranked fifth on the team with 70 tackles (36 solo), including a tackle for a loss, and added three interceptions and a forced fumble. Miller started all 12 contests as a junior in '12 and posted 69 tackles (27 solo), including three tackles for a loss, an interception and a forced fumble.

Neal (RAY-jhon), 22, started 12 games as a senior in 2013 and led the Volunteers in rushing yards (1,124) and rushing TDs (12) on 215 carries (5.2 avg.). He posted seven 100-yard rushing games during his career, including five in '13, and finished his career with 2,163 rushing yards, good for No. 14 in school history. Neal added 66 receptions for 626 yards (9.5 avg.) and five TDs during his career.

Pennel, 23, played in 12 games as a senior in 2013 and recorded 36 tackles (15 solo), including six tackles for a loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed. He appeared in five games for Arizona State in 2012 and played two years (2010-11) at Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.), where he earned All-America honors in 2011 after posting 37 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and two sacks.

Perillo (puh-RILL-oh), 23, earned third-team All-America (FCS) honors from The Associated Press as a senior in 2013 after he caught 39 passes for 490 yards (12.6 avg.) and four TDs. He was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection in both of his final two seasons and finished his career with 128 receptions for 1,318 yards (10.3 avg.) and 15 TDs in 44 games played.

Perkins, 23, posted 4,253 all-purpose yards (second in school history) and 2,554 rushing yards (fifth in school annals) during his career. He started 12 games as a senior in 2013, rushing for 542 yards and two TDs on 137 carries (4.0 avg.) and adding 27 catches for 248 yards (9.2 avg.) and three TDs. As a junior in '12, Perkins was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference by The Associated Press after rushing for 1,024 yards and eight TDs on 205 attempts (5.0 avg.).

Rettig, 22, threw for 8,263 yards and 52 TDs with 39 INTs on 685-of-1,242 passing (55.2 percent) during his career, one of just four QBs in school history to eclipse the 8,000-yard passing mark. He finished his career ranked fourth in BC annals in passing yards, fourth in TD passes, third in completions and fourth in attempts. As a junior in 2012, Rettig became just the fourth QB in school history to post a 3,000-yard passing season, throwing for 3,065 yards and 17 TDs.

Thomas, 23, started 12 games as a senior in 2013 and registered a team-high 115 tackles (82 solo), including a team-best 19 tackles for a loss, 7? sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception. He opened the first six games as a junior, posting 39 tackles (26 solo), including five tackles for a loss, a sack and a forced fumble, before an injury sidelined him for the final five contests.

White, 22, played in 13 games with two starts as a senior in 2013 and recorded 49 tackles (31 solo), an interception, six passes defensed, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. He appeared in nine contests as a junior and posted 11 tackles (seven solo). White also served as the Tigers' holder for much of his career.

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