2019 NFL Draft Prospect Report: Josh Jacobs
Name: Josh Jacobs
Listed Height: 5’10
Listed Weight: 220
Strengths: Josh Jacobs is a well rounded, 3 down back with minimal usage since he was involved in a heavy run rotation at Alabama. He has solid length to be able to extend as a blocker and at the catch point and wears some thickness in his frame. Jacobs runs with short and quick strides while being completely flawless in his changes of direction. He is extremely clean and sharp in all of his movements and easily gets his foot in the dirt and drives upfield. He is light footed, and avoids tackle attempts with jump cuts, stop-start, and lateral agility. Shakes up defenders well and has a dead leg in his arsenal to clean up run leverage. As a runner in traffic, he can make alterations to his run path to avoid high saturations of defenders. Quick Sprinter to the corner on off-tackle runs and understands when he needs to get north-south. Jacobs flashes quick reaction timing when he senses gapage in the LOS, and he is an intuitive runner who sees run lanes clearly . Jacobs block flow well and paces his attack of the line so blocks can open the field. He runs with obvious contact balance and leverage. Compacts his frame in tight quarters to sort into open field and will lower his shoulder and run through players with leg drive. As a blocker, Jacobs shows he can fit his hands inside, widen his base, and drop his center of gravity upon contact. In the passing game he adjusts naturally to the ball while being able to track off target throws. Has natural hands and plucks the ball away from his body.
Weaknesses: Jacobs has some inconsistencies in how he takes on blocks, as he can engage with his shoulder and drop his head. While he has good enough acceleration, he does not always put high level speed on tape.
Overview and Insights: Jacobs is an all-around RB who will add a lot to an NFL offense as a versatile playmaker. He is very intuitive and reads the field well and is also very versed in making defenders miss. He translates as a workhorse back in the league and will be able to be a very productive player in multiple ways. Over time, he will develop into a quality player at his position. `
Round Projection: 1st-2nd round
Ideal Fits: Raiders, Buccaneers
Pro Comparison: Frank Gore
Scout: Taylor Moser