by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of UNH Wildcats.
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Today’s Spotlight - New Hampshire, Running Back, Dylan Laube
Name- Dylan Laube
Pos- Running Back
Team- New Hampshire
HT/WT- 5’10” 208 lbs.
Home – Westhampton, NY
Dylan Laube had a decorated career at Westhampton High School in New York. As a senior, he led Westhampton to a 12-0 record and the school’s first Long Island Class III Championship by scoring a Long Island-record 47 touchdowns and rushing for a school record 2,680 yards. His productive career ended with 6,495 rushing yards, caught 64 passes for 1,234 yards and finished with a total of 120 touchdowns. He was a member of the USA Today ALL-USA New York Football Team. During his senior year, he committed to New Hampshire.
Laube took a redshirt in 2018 after only playing special teams for 3 games. In 2019, he was named to Phil Steele’s FCS Freshman All-America Second Team (all purpose). He played in 10 games, starting 2. He was the team leader in all-purpose yards with 1,372.
With the cancellation of the season in 2020 due to Covid-19, Laube came back in 2021 with another productive season for the Wildcats. He rushed for 501 yards on 79 attempts (6.3 avg) and 4 touchdowns. He was also effective in the passing game with 22 receptions and a touchdown. 2022 was a huge season for Laube when he ran for 1,205 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also hauled in 49 passes and was one of the top kick and punt returners in the FCS.
This season, he appeared in 10 games and ran for 715 yards and 9 touchdowns. He set career highs in receptions with 68 and he added 7 more touchdowns.
Dylan Laube is an uber competitive runner who does not give up during his carries. In the passing game, he is one of the top in this class in running routes and has wide receiver type hands to secure the pass. He works well out in space and once he catches a swing pass, he becomes a weapon. His routes are more progressive than most other running back prospects, and he can run long routes putting pressure on linebackers and safeties. He has a good combination of lateral quickness and the breakaway ability to take it to the house. He runs low to the ground, making him difficult to square up and drive backwards and his kick and punt return ability will help his draft stock and sticking with a 53-man roster.
On the downside, he tries to stretch everything to the outside even when the blocking scheme and the play are inside. He has a good burst but will not get the separation in the pros that he has in the FCS. He needs to prove that he can produce against the best of the best and will need to use the postseason combine and games to help his cause. As a runner and as a pass receiver, he needs to slow down a bit and use his vision and blockers more. He has a habit of over running his blocks during screens, not letting the lineman set up.
His production in college reminds Draft 412 of Justice Hill. Hill was a 4th round selection out of Oklahoma State in 2019. Hill has not had the NFL career many thought he would, but has had some big receptions and runs for the Ravens as of late. Laube’s return ability will help him when he matches up against some of the other running back prospects.
Runs hard and low
Laube is a unique prospect who is more like a swiss-army knife than a starting running back. In the right system, he can be a big part of 3rd down passing and his return ability will go a long way to saving a roster spot for another need.
Draft 412 Draft Projection - Round 6 or Round 7