Josh Jacobs

Alabama

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
OK
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
220 lbs
31 5/8”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

6.22
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Oakland
Raiders
Round 1 ‧ Pick 24

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Alabama's stacked stable of running backs kept Jacobs from putting up huge numbers during his three years in Tuscaloosa. It didn't take many reps on offense, though, to see his talent. He played in 15 games as a true freshman reserve in 2016, carrying the ball 85 times for 567 yards and scoring four times while also being a factor in the passing game (14-156-11.1). A hamstring injury put him on the sidelines for the Tide's first two games in 2017, but he returned to contribute as a rusher (46-284-6.2, one TD), receiver (14-168-12.0, two TD) and kick returner (4-86-21.5) in 12 appearances (one start) that season. Jacobs became more of a focus for the offense in 2018, getting 120 carries, covering 640 yards (5.3 average) and scoring 11 touchdowns in 15 games (one start). He also caught 20 passes for 247 yards (12.4 average) and three scores and was a weapon as a kick returner (14-428-30.6, one TD) during the season for the SEC champs. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 SEC Championship Game with 86 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries (10.4 average).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
Sony Michel
Overview
Prototypical combination of size and skill-set as an every-down runner with the ability to slash or impose his will on any given snap. Jacobs runs with good bend, vision and burst, and he proved to be an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield or from the slot. He will probe and burst, but he could become more elusive with better tempo as a runner. Jacobs is a decisive runner with outstanding one-cut talent to become a bellcow lead back.
Strengths
  • Built like you want with low center of gravity and sturdy frame
  • Forceful and violent as a finisher
  • Gives extra effort for successful short-yardage carries
  • Stout base to balance through contact and beyond
  • Patient but decisive on outside zone runs
  • Allows blockers to do their jobs
  • Instinctive with timing for quick cuts off of block development
  • Comfortable as a single back or behind a lead blocker
  • Has gas to bounce it to and around the corner
  • Footwork for controlled cuts in tight quarters
  • Good effectiveness as a pass-catcher
  • Used out of backfield in packages
  • Has ability to track the ball like a receiver
Weaknesses
  • Low percentage of explosive carries
  • Might not have enough speed to hit the home run
  • Gather and cut is slightly exaggerated
  • Tends to keep gas pedal mashed once he decides to go
  • Struggles to slow, gather and cut beyond second level
  • Doesn't create enough indecision in open-field tacklers
  • Content to default into heavy contact
  • Rarely counted on to handle blitz pick-up duties on third downs
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league