2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama RB Josh Jacobs

HEIGHT: 5-10


COLLEGE: Alabama

CLASS: Junior

2018 STATS: 120 ATT, 640 rushing yards, 5.3 YPC, 11 rushing TD; 20 rec, 247 rec yards, 12.4 YPR, 3 rec TD (15 games)

CAREER STATS: 251 ATT, 1,491 rushing yards, 5.9 YPC, 16 rushing TD; 48 rec, 571 rec yards, 11.9 YPR, 5 rec TD (40 games)

GAMES WATCHED (11): AuburnMississippi State, Tennessee, Louisville, Georgia, LSU, Clemson (2018); Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State (2017); Kentucky (2016)

18 35″ 112″


  • Good vision at the line of scrimmage and in the open field
  • Fairly patient runner who knows how to set up blocks
  • Consistently finds cutback lanes on outside zone runs


  • Very good contact balance — routinely bounces off defenders and stays on his feet

AGILITY (12/15)

  • Loose hips allow for easy change-of-direction
  • Fairly explosive with plant-and-cut ability
  • Can make sudden cuts without gearing down

SPEED/BURST (10.5/15)

  • Good burst to the hole, to the edge and out of cuts
  • Average top speed (4.6 40 at Pro Day)

POWER (8.5/10)

  • Physical finisher — good leg drive through contact
  • Nasty stiff arm
  • Likes to lower shoulder and deliver punishment
  • Consistently falls forward and pushes piles


  • Elusive behind the line of scrimmage and in the open field — can make defenders miss in the backfield with quick cuts


  • Effective in the screen game
  • Fairly reliable hands
  • Smooth route runner
  • Tracks the ball downfield


  • A little hit-or-miss — needs to face up defenders with hands more consistently rather than ducking head into contact and delivering blocks with shoulder


  • Higher fumble rate than other running backs in the draft class, but it doesn’t appear to be a big concern (3 fumbles on 299 career touches)


  • Very little wear and tear — handled just 251 carries in three-year college career

OVERALL GRADE: 79.50/100.00 — 2ND ROUND — Complimentary starter or raw player with star potential

SCHEME FIT: Gap-blocking or zone-blocking


“Josh Jacobs didn’t have big-time production at Alabama because he was part of a backfield rotation that featured two former five-star recruits, but that didn’t stop his traits from consistently leaping off the film in each of the 11 games I studied. Jacobs is a well-rounded running back prospect with good burst, agility, balance, vision, power, elusiveness and receiving ability. His only real knocks besides the lack of production are the absence of a truly elite trait, inconsistencies in blitz pickup and average top-end speed. At the NFL level, Jacobs looks like a future top-10 running back and potential Pro Bowler.” — Dan Wussow

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