Former Carver standouts Hubbard, Mobley sign free agent NFL contracts

dmitchell@ledger-enquirerApril 27, 2013 

The final rounds of the NFL draft passed on Saturday without Carver High products Chris Hubbard or Tori Mobley’s names being called from the podium.

They didn’t have to wait long after the draft to find a home.

Hubbard (Alabama-Birmingham) signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mobley (Jacksonville State) signed with the Carolina Panthers on Saturday less than an hour after the completion of the draft.

Both players were offensive linemen in college and will compete at the same position on the next level.

Hubbard will join former teammate Jarvis Jones, who was selected by the Steelers in the first round of the draft on Thursday. Both will report to a rookie mini-camp next weekend.

“I talked to (Jarvis) the other day and said we might be playing against each other,” Hubbard said. “I never thought we’d have a chance to be on the same team. … I’m just really happy to get this opportunity. That’s all that matters to me: Showing them I can play and learning from those guys.”

Mobley said he chose Carolina because scouts told him they had a need on the interior line and he would have a chance to compete for a spot on the depth chart early on.

“Now, I’m just going to go in, learn the playbook and sleep with the playbook,” he said. “This is just a blessing. Getting in is the easy part, staying in is harder. I’m going to do everything I can to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Both linemen were a part of Carver’s state championship team in 2007.

David Mitchell, 706-571-8571; Follow David on Twitter @leprepsports.

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