2. Josh Jacobs, Alabama
5-10, 220: Sort of the hipster scout call early on in the process, it was easy to get all hot for the size, the power, the burst, and the violent way he runs, and …
4.6ish. That’s around where his speed is, even though he had another timed pro day and got into the 4.5 range.
That, combined with the lack of a body of work when at Alabama, and there are plenty of things that just don’t add up.
He’s not as fast as a Rashaad Penny or Sony Michel from last year’s first round, and again, the numbers aren’t there with just 251 career carries for under 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Nick Saban is never afraid to feed his backs over and over and over again, even if they’re a part of a rotation. Jacobs just didn’t get a whole lot of work.
But that’s a good thing. He’s fresh, he’s ready, and he’s got the combination of skills to make him a No. 1 running back right from the start.
But he wasn’t able to workout at the NFL combine. And he had a slow pro day before his faster one, and …
He’s talented, but there’s a wee bit of a buyer beware thing happening here.
Projected Round: First
Real Value: Early Second