- College: Alabama
- Position: Running Back
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 220
2018: 120 attempts for 640 yards (5.3 average), 11 TDs; 20 catches, 247 yards, 3 TDs
2017: 46 attempts for 284 yards (6.2 average), 1 TD; 14 catches, 168 yards, 2 TDs
2016: 85 attempts for 567 yards (6.7 average), 4 TDs; 14 catches, 156 yards
Alabama's propensity for 5 star running backs and a sophomore year hamstring injury kept Josh Jacobs as a somewhat unknown commodity, but the film on Jacobs does not lie. He is by far the best running back in this class and has the goods to play for a long time in the league. He doesn't have the most explosive speed or overwhelming strength, but he has terrific skill set, great toughness and impressive vision. He has all the tools to be a lead back.
His measurables are ideal for today's primary back with great pad level and good frame. Top flight vision, almost never misses a hole and doesn't get bouncy. Very patient and decisive when the opportunity is there, has great one cut ability. Has the next gear to get to the outside and defeat initial pursuit angles. Plus pass catcher out of the backfield. Finishes every single play and loves to hand out punishment.
Generally minor. He doesn't have home run speed and can be run down. He also isn't the most impressive in the open field, often settling to run through someone instead of trying for the big play. Will have to learn to not go through all tacklers when dealing with NFL sized front 7s.
This running back class pales in comparison to last year, but Josh Jacobs is the truth. He has the burst, vision, instincts and overall ability to be a good starting running back in the league. An additional plus is that his workload has been low because Alabama recruits too many good players. He is worthy of being the first dynasty rookie taken off the board in all drafts and could provide instant impact depending on draft location.