Carolina Panthers take Canadian RB Chuba Hubbard in fourth round of 2021 NFL draft

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Chuba Hubbard's patience was finally rewarded Saturday.

The Oklahoma State running back from Sherwood Park, Alta., was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round, No. 126 overall, of the NFL draft.

Hubbard's selection was notable in that he was the fourth Canadian drafted, tying the 2014 record for most Canucks picked.

And with Iowa tackle Alaric Jackson of Windsor, Ont., and Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga of Calgary both still on the board, there's an opportunity for that mark to be eclipsed.

Hubbard had to wait two days in order to hear his name called as the first-round selections were made Thursday night, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday.

Three Canadians were taken Friday night.

Oregon safety Jevon Holland, of Coquitlam, B.C., went in the second round, No. 36 overall, to the Miami Dolphins.

Minnesota cornerback Benjamin St-Juste, of Montreal, and Tennessee receiver Josh Palmer, of Brampton, Ont., were taken in the third round by Washington and the L.A. Chargers, respectively.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 1, 2021.

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