2019 NFL Combine Day 1 Big Things: Running Backs, Offensive Linemen

2019 NFL Combine Day 1 Big Things: Running Backs, Offensive Linemen

2019 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Combine Day 1 Big Things: Running Backs, Offensive Linemen

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1. Josh Jacobs Didn’t Run

This is a weak running back class up top. There are plenty of decent ones in the mid-to-late rounds, and the depth after the third should be fantastic, but there isn’t anyone who stands out as a possible franchise-maker like Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley, or Leonard Fournette.

Except for Jacobs.

The hype has been off the charts from the start of the offseason draft process, even thought the former Alabama back ran just 251 times in his career to go along with 48 catches in his three seasons.

The one key knock is also part of one of his positives. He might have a ton of tread left on the tires, but he’s never had to push it. He’s never been a workhorse, and he always got to run fresh.

Did he look that amazing because he worked behind the great Bama line and carried the ball fewer than ten times per game?

So this week, when he had a chance to drop a hammer and be the Barkley-like star of the Combine, he didn’t lift on the bench, and didn’t run because of a minor groin injury.

He’ll take his talents to his Pro Day, where he’ll likely give everyone the exact workout they’re looking for, but that’s not the point. He doesn’t have the body of work like a Barkley, or a Fournette, or an Elliott, and they all ripped it up when they got their chances in Indy.

It was the safe call – he was quoted saying that he thought he was at 85% – and now March 19th in Tuscaloosa will matter.

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