By: Steve Johnson
Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
31 5/8″ arms. 10 1/8″ hands
DNP 40 DNP Vert DNP Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 Yard Shuttle
2016: 14 games. 85 att, 567 yards, 4 TDs
2017: 11 games. 46 att, 284 yards, 1 TD
2018: 15 games. 120 att, 640 yards, 11 TDs
Misc. Stats: 48 rec, 571 yards, 5 TDs; 17 KR for 494 yards, 1 TD in career
Accolades: 2017 National Champion
Injuries: Broken Ankle in 2017 (played through it)
History: Three-star recruit from Tulsa, OK. Rushed for over 5,000 yards at McLain High School. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Senior season.
Strengths: Ideal size with good bulk, already NFL sized back. Excellent balance, strong lower body. Good patience to allow his line to set up blocks. Very instinctive runner who sees the angles would-be tacklers take, and adjusts to them. Lateral ability to make people miss in space, as well as jump cut in the box to get to the 2nd level. Has enough juice to hit the edge and get out into space. Productive as a pass catcher. Tracks the ball very well for a back with such little experience. Good and reliable hands.
Weaknesses: Has not proven he can handle a workload. Doesn’t possess elite top speed. Had some injury concerns early on in his college career. Although good toughness and competitiveness, is not a bruiser. Too often tries to nail rushers in pass pro, rather than square up and redirect them.
Overview: Jacobs is the most well-rounded back in this years draft. His combination of size, speed, elusiveness and vision will surely get him drafted in the first round. Although he doesn’t have the upside of some of the top backs in previous years. He can do it all, and is an every down back in this league.
Draft Projection: First Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.23
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