Josh Jacobs Scouting Report

Josh jacobs scouting report
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Strengths:

  • Prototypical size
  • Strong lower half
  • Patient
  • Solid hands
  • Decent footwork
  • Can play in many schemes (single back, with lead blocker, shotgun)
  • Great balance through contact
  • Doesn’t shy away from contact

Weaknesses:

  • 40-time is concerning
  • Not a home run hitter
  • Lacks explosive plays
  • Lacks agility
  • Does not make defenders miss
  • Defaults to contact
  • Wasn’t asked to pass block much

Analysis: Josh Jacobs didn’t see much playing time his first three years on campus, thanks in part to the talent ahead of him, but he did well with the little touches he was given. His freshman season, he carried 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) and receiver (14-168-12.0, two TD) in 12 appearances that season. Jacobs became more of a focus for the offense in 2018, getting 120 carries, earning 640 yards (5.3 YPC) and scoring 11 touchdowns in 15 games. He has prototypical size that scouts covet, but his speed (4.60+ 40) and agility will limit him from being a ‘great’ running back at the next level. I’m not sold on Jacobs being the best running back in the class–at the time of this report, I have not scouted the position fully–but I have invested a lot of time in Jacobs, and I do not see a RB1. He has elite patience and sets up his blocks well, but when his block aren’t there, he is not one to break many tackles. He lacks explosiveness and agility and did not have many home run runs at Alabama. All that being said, you do not need to be a breakaway runner to be a successful NFL running back–I comped him to Chris Carson, who has shown you do not need to be the fastest back to gains yards and score touchdowns. Jacobs can be a solid starter and pro, but to be the best running back in what appears to be a very deep running back class is a stretch.

Size: 5’10 220lbs

Draft Grade: Day 2 Grade (not the top back in this class)

NFL Comparison: Chris Carson

Draft Projection: 1st Round

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