Running back | Alabama | Junior
Height: 5-foot-10 | Weight: 220 pounds
2018: Played in all 15 games for Alabama as they advanced to the College Football Playoff National Championship; had 120 carries for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns; also added 20 catches for 247 yards and three touchdowns; on special teams, had 14 kickoff returns for 428 yards and had one touchdown; named Most Valuable Player of the SEC Championship Game; 50 of his 120 carries went for a first down or touchdown
Career: Played in 42 career college games; recorded 251 total carries for 1,491 yards and 16 touchdowns; also added 48 career catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns; had 18 kickoff returns for 514 yards and had one touchdown; named Most Valuable Player of the SEC Championship Game in 2018
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Summary: Jacobs had limited yet impressive numbers in college due to Alabama’s crowded backfield. But given the chance to carve out a role of his own, the running back is expected to flourish in the NFL. He averaged nearly 6.0 yards per carry in college and has the ideal body frame to take on tacklers at the next level. He also has kickoff return skills that would help on special teams.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote that Jacobs has the “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.”
Jacobs’ full scouting report on NFL.com can be found here.
Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks and draft analyst Dane Brugler, who writes for The Athletic, are in agreement on Jacobs, as both listed him as the best running back in the draft. Brooks had Jacobs first in his initial rankings and and kept him there after the combine. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has Jacobs as a top-10 player in the draft, ranking him as the seventh overall prospect on his most-recent list of the Top 50 prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. That was down one spot from the previous ranking.
Triple threat: Jacobs found the end zone 15 times in three different ways in 2018. He has 11 rushing touchdowns, three touchdown catches and a kickoff return for a score.