*Josh Jacobs- RB Alabama
5-10, 219, (PD) 4.6, 

9'4" Broad, 35" Vertical, 

35 5/8" Arms, 18 Reps, 

The Best RB in the 2019 Draft. But... 

By TOM

Jacobs is a freak athlete. His ability to make guys miss with great cuts in the open field is a great NFL trait. He has freakishly strong legs, which is a must for an NFL RB. He showed everything you need in an NFL RB last season. Including pass pro, and catching the ball out of the backfield. Reminds me of Emmitt Smith, and I don't say that lightly. A scout said, "He might be my favorite player on the team." I agree. 

He runs with great power and COD. "Man, he's a legit one," a scout said. "He's a top dude when he comes out. He runs pissed off." He is a dancer on the 2nd level. He is an old school RB, who looks to dig for every yard. 

No one runs through contact better he does. He is a big back, but he gets as low as a scat back when he is running. Elite feet with a stutter step that can make a DB miss him. He is an amazing athlete at the position where there are the most amazing athletes. 

He always seemed to burst forward a time or two or after it seems like he was stopped. Amazing. He keeps pounding the D with power and strength, and then can make a cutback move at the line to make the OLB miss. Great suddenness. Not a lot of wear on his tires. He showed he could do everything you want in an RB, without getting beat up as the feature back. 

He returned kicks and was named special teams player of the week against Louisville, Ole Miss and Missouri. He was named Offensive Player of the week against "the Tigers on Homecoming, and against Mississippi State and Auburn." As he earned more playing time this season he impacted games more week after week, whenever and wherever they played him. 

He was not a great blocker or even a willing blocker early in the season. "The exact way you see him out there on the field in the game is exactly how he practices," Saban said. "He practices really, really hard. It's not surprising for me to see Josh performing the way he's performing." But he was a good and willing blocker by the end of the season.

He is so lighting quick. He is not super fast (Emmitt smith was a 4.6 guy as well. Though his Forty time is disputed. He didn't run at the Combine, and might not have run for the Cowboys. Back then they said he ran in the 4.6s). Like Emmitt, he has that special vision to see the cutback lane and make guys miss with cutbacks as quick as a waterbug.

He can make more than one guy miss with his great COD explosion, like Emmitt. He can hop through traffic and seem to be surrounded, but then is bursting forward, like Emmitt. He gets low and can run over defenders on all levels, like Emmitt. 

He needs to block a better and more often. He will slide outside of the pocket, and has a shot to get a good chip in, but too often doesn't take it. He is so great at lowering his head for extra yards. He can struggle to catch the ball over his head. Great cut back runner. Great Zone Blocking runner.

Junior (2018): An elusive back who was an offensive weapon ... versatile athlete who also provided a threat on special teams ... averaged 28.6 yards per kickoff return for his career (514 yards, 18 returns) to rank third in UA annals (minimum 15 returns) ... selected as the Most Valuable Player of the SEC Championship Game ... contributed in numerous ways as a junior, totaling 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, three receiving, one kickoff return) to rank eighth in the SEC and his 11 rushing scores tied for seventh in the league ... wrapped up 2018 tied for the team lead in all-purpose yards with 1,315 to average 87.7 yards per game ... ranked second on the Tide in scoring with 90 points ... rushed 120 times for 640 yards and a team-high 11 scores while catching 20 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns ... 50 of his rushes as a junior went for a first down or score while 14 of his reception led to a Tide touchdown or first down ... added 14 kickoff returns for 428 yards with one score of 77 yards ... his 30.6 yards per return average led the SEC and was second in the FBS, a big part of the Tide’s 23.5 average return on kickoffs that ranked 19th nationally ... the 30.6 kickoff return average is second-best in Alabama single-season records (minimum 10 returns).

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Jacobs is a freak athlete. "Football has always been an outlet for Josh," his father said. "He puts so much emotion into running the ball." His ability to make guys miss with great cuts in the open field is a great NFL trait. He has freakishly strong legs, which is a must for an NFL RB. He showed everything you need in an NFL RB last season. Including pass pro, and catching the ball out of the backfield. 

Reminds me of Emmitt Smith, and I don't say that lightly. A scout said, "He might be my favorite player on the team." He reminds me of Emmitt Smith. 

"He's a very versatile player in terms of the kind of receiver he is," Saban said in December before Alabama's College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson. "Inside runner, outside runner. Very effective player. He’s been a fantastic addition to our team."

He showed he is still learning and his best games are still ahead of him. "Oh, he's a stud," Tua Tagovailoa said.

Jacobs Vs Oklahoma: 

He just took over the Play off game against OK. There is a lot of talk he is coming out. He does not have any wear on his tires. He is a big back who can make guys miss and run with power and a little speed. He could go in the Day One range if he comes out. 

Some think he could the best RB in this Draft. He has great speed and power. He can make the LB miss with explosion after the catch on the second level. He has great size. He can run away from defenders in the open field. Then he can lower his shoulder and hurt DBs trying to get in his way when he is moving at full speed. This guy has all the things you look for in an RB. 

He doesn’t have a any wear on his tires. He got his 99th carry of the season in the Playoff game against OK! Great slasher. He flies into the hole, and just keeps going. Fearless runner. He can make the OLB miss, with a shimmy-shimmy-shake. And on the next play run over three defenders on short yardage. He will play the Wildcat, and is as quick through the line as anyone in this Draft. I can see why he is seen as a 1st. 

He is so smooth catching the ball out of the backfield, and then when he turns up field after the catch it he reads his blockers quick, and makes the right cut consistently. It is amazing how he ducks, and drives through LBs like they are... ducks. He has the speed to bounce it outside, for 20. He gets the most off each play

I could not have been more impressed with him in the Playoffs against OK. He had five guys even with him as he sprinted outside. He beat all five to the edge and turned the corner on them, and pure speed seems to be his biggest negative. Terrific on field speed. He is known more as a quick cut power back, but he has some completive speed. 

He played with some great RBs, Williams and Harris, and that is really saying something as both could 1st as well. But Jacobs was the starter at the end of the season in the Playoffs. It is amazing how he can make guys miss in the hole. He has good speed, explosive quicks, and runs with great power. He looked like a truly great NFL RB in the Playoff game against OK. 

Jacobs Vs Clemson: 

By the time the Tennessee game came around he was the starter, but was not always a willing blocker in that game. However, He was a willing blocker in this game. He picked up the blitzer coming up the gut like a FB (:11). He made the block that gave the QB the time he needed to go deep. I would have liked to seen him grab some shirt, but watch the hit on the ILB that almost took him off his feet.

He turned outside, and then watch the sudden COD as he turned up behind his big blockers. He road their tails for seven yards (:22). He got into position outside the OLT. When the OLB blitzed he had position. He not only hit him, but he pushed him up and held on until after the ball was thrown (:38). He absorbed the hit off the play action (:44). I'm not sure if that counts as a block, but it gave the QB time to throw.

He needed to chip there (:48). Great block. Any block by him increases his pro potential (1:05). He ran the Wild cat as well (1:17). He cutback to the hole and almost scored through two LBs (1:29). What he does best are those sudden cutback that make defenders not just miss, but dive into the ground (1:49). I dare you to tell me that didn't look like Emmett. 

Nice slasher that takes multiple guys to take him down on every run (1:59). He almost got that 1st down, even though three guys hit him behind the line (2:08). He got it this time from the Wildcat. He got hit at the line and dived forward for three (2:17). He moved a little slow up to the line, watch him accelerate when he spots a hole on the left. It's amazing how often he hopped forward after he seemed to be stopped by multiple defenders (2:46). He showed great patience moving up to the line to read, and showed great explosion once the hole appeared. 

My favorite move was when he burst outside to make one defender miss, and then exploded back up field to make the second defender miss. Like Emmett, he is always looking to cutback to make guys miss (3:07). I like how he got drive-blocked for the 1st by Jonah Williams (4:01). I'm not really interested in the Wildcat runs. But he caught the snap, and showed some suddenness bursting forward (4:37). Then he showed that quick explosion again when he cut up field like Emmitt.

He played special teams and was a special returner for them (5:01). He is a better lead blocker than in pass pro (5:12). Showed great instincts and smarts as the relief value. He got into position for the QB to dump the ball off. But when the QB took off, a defender hopped up to cover him (5:20). So he took off. He swung outside. He can struggle to catch the ball above him  or to the wrong shoulder, when he has to make a big adjustment to the ball. However, watch the great catch as he twisted back behind him and snagged the ball way outside his wrong shoulder (5:37). Great smooth catch to the wrong shoulder. 

This is what I wanted to show. He is in the hole in pass pro. His best block in pass pro I've seen. He knocked the blitzer out of the hole with a great impact. But then he doesn't quit (he he has shown on Tape he will). Instead he turned and hit him harder (5:54). He is ready for the NFL. Though his hands could still use a little work. He will drop ball that he has to make the big adjust too. 

Jacobs Vs Clemson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw-sn-82Wfo

Jacob's Official Bio:

Junior (2018): An elusive back who was an offensive weapon ... versatile athlete who also provided a threat on special teams ... averaged 28.6 yards per kickoff return for his career (514 yards, 18 returns) to rank third in UA annals (minimum 15 returns) ... selected as the Most Valuable Player of the SEC Championship Game ... contributed in numerous ways as a junior, totaling 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, three receiving, one kickoff return) to rank eighth in the SEC and his 11 rushing scores tied for seventh in the league ... wrapped up 2018 tied for the team lead in all-purpose yards with 1,315 to average 87.7 yards per game ... ranked second on the Tide in scoring with 90 points ... rushed 120 times for 640 yards and a team-high 11 scores while catching 20 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns ... 50 of his rushes as a junior went for a first down or score while 14 of his reception led to a Tide touchdown or first down ... added 14 kickoff returns for 428 yards with one score of 77 yards ... his 30.6 yards per return average led the SEC and was second in the FBS, a big part of the Tide’s 23.5 average return on kickoffs that ranked 19th nationally ... the 30.6 kickoff return average is second-best in Alabama single-season records (minimum 10 returns) ... earned special teams player of the week honors from the UA coaches for his play against Louisville, Ole Miss and Missouri while earning offensive player of the week recognition for his performances against the Tigers on Homecoming and against Mississippi State and Auburn. Louisville: Totaled two touchdowns by night’s end to earn special teams player of the week accolades from the Tide coaching staff ... rushed six times for 45 yards and a score ... added a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the first of his career. Arkansas State: Carried five times for 14 yards and added a career-high tying three receptions totaling 23 yards against the Red Wolves. Ole Miss: Excelled in his returner role once again, taking two kickoffs back for 101 yards with a long return of 74 to set up a Tide field goal ... graded out at 100 percent on his kickoff coverage and kickoff return snaps to earn special teams player of the week honors from the Tide coaches ... added six carries for 18 yards and a score while catching one pass totaling 18 more yards. Texas A&M: Contributed in the rushing and passing games against the Aggies ... carried six times for 11 yards and his third score of the season in addition to one catch for a season-long 25-yard gain ... also recorded his first tackle of the season on kickoff coverage. Louisiana: Rushed just six times but made them count, totaling 49 yards and a team-high two rushing touchdowns on the afternoon ... carried from one- and nine-yards out for his two scores with three of his other four carries going for a UA first down. Arkansas: Carried five times for 10 yards and scored his sixth touchdown of the season ... added a career-high three kickoff returns for 42 yards with a long of 20. Missouri: Named as one of the Tide coaching staff’s offensive and special teams players of the week for his standout performance against the Tigers ... rushed nine times for 52 yards on offense to average a team-leading 5.8 yards per rush ... also returned three kickoffs for 88 yards with a long gain of 50, nearly breaking the return for a score ... finished his night with a season-high 140 all-purpose yards. Tennessee: Made the start at tailback and put together a standout performance ... led all Alabama backs in rushing yards with 68 on 12 rushes and recorded a team-leading two rushing touchdowns ... added one reception for two yards ... also contributed three kickoff returns totaling 63 yards with a long of 42 yards coming on the first play of the game. LSU: Rushed four times for 17 yards while adding two receptions for 23 yards against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Totaled a career-high 20 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown to average 4.8 yards per tote ... added two catches for 12 yards and the Tide’s lone touchdown reception of the day ... earned offensive player of the week accolades from the Tide coaching staff for his efforts against State ... also returned one kickoff for 27 yards to finish with 136 all-purpose yards against State. The Citadel: Carried twice for three yards against the Bulldogs ... recorded a Tide first down with his lone reception of the day that totaled 15 yards. Auburn: Finished with 81 yards of total offense against the Tigers ... rushed five times for 28 yards to average 5.6 yards per tote ... added four catches for 53 yards and one score ... selected as one of the UA coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his output in the Iron Bowl. Georgia: Selected as the SEC Championship’s Most Valuable Player for his standout performance against the Bulldogs ... led all Tide rushers with 86 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries ... averaged a game-high 10.4 yards per carry. Oklahoma: Accumulated 158 all-purpose yards in an impressive Orange Bowl performance against the Sooners ... rushed a team-high 15 times for 98 yards, a total that also led UA ... added four receptions for 60 yards with a 27-yard catch and score that saw him truck an OU defender to get to paydirt. Clemson: Contributed all over the field in the title game ... rushed 11 times for 47 yards, collecting five first downs in the process ... also caught one pass for a 16-yard gain and Tide first down ... added one kickoff return for a 30-yard gain.

Sophomore (2017): An shifty back with tons of speed who missed the first two games of his sophomore campaign due to a hamstring injury but finished with 12 games of action including one start ... totaled 284 yards on 46 carries and a touchdown, while catching 14 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns ... also worked on kickoff return, taking back four kicks for 86 yards with a long return of 23 yards ... earned special teams player of the week recognition from the Tide coaches for his efforts against Arkansas ... also tabbed an offensive player of the week by the UA coaches for his performances against Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Mercer. Colorado State: Returned to the field after sitting out the first two games ... made the start at tailback, finishing with one rush for six yards on the night. Vanderbilt: Rushed four times for 28 yards with a long rush of 13 ... contributed to the Crimson Tide's 496 yards rushing on the afternoon. Ole Miss: Saw his most extensive time of the season ... rushed two times for 51 yards with a season-long scamper of 45 yards ... also had an impact in the passing game, catching a pair of passes - each for 18 yards - and recording his first career touchdown reception ... selected as an offensive player of the week by the Alabama coaches for his efforts against the Rebels. Texas A&M: Saw time against the Aggies but did not record any stats. Arkansas: Carried a season-high nine times for 39 yards with a long rush of 10 ... added a pair of receptions for 36 yards with a career-long, 33-yard catch and run ... made his first tackle on special teams, stopping the Razorback returner after a 10-yard gain ... earned special teams player of the week honors from the Tide coaches for his efforts on kickoff coverage. Tennessee: Factored heavily into the gameplan once again ... rushed eight times for 47 yards with a long rush of 22 ... added a pair of receptions for 24 yards. LSU: Rushed once for three yards against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Named one of the UA coaches' offensive players of the week for his efforts against the Bulldogs ... rushed six times for 36 yards and a touchdown with a long rush of 13 yards ... carried it over the goal line from one-yard out to keep the score even at 14 heading into half ... also caught a pair of passes for 18 yards. Mercer: Contributed in the passing and rushing game ... carried six times for 41 yards with a long rush of 13 yards ... added two receptions for 45 yards with one score from seven yards away ... selected as one of the Tide's offensive players of the week by the coaching staff. Auburn: Carried the ball six times for 25 yards and added two catches for six yards out of the backfield ... also registered the first two kickoff returns of his career for 44 yards. Clemson: Caught a pair of passes out of the backfield for three yards in the CFP Semifinal matchup. Georgia: Returned a pair of kickoffs for 42 combined yards with a long return of 22 ... added three rushes for eight yards out of the backfield.

Freshman (2016): Played a key role in a Tide backfield that was tasked with replacing Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry ... rushed 85 times for 567 yards and four touchdowns to average 6.7 yards per carry, a total that ranked second among Tide backs ... also added 14 receptions for 156 yards ... selected as the SEC Freshman of the Week after his performance against Kentucky ... named one of the UA coaching staff's offensive players of the week for his performances against Kent State and Kentucky, and one of the special teams players of the week after the Florida game. USC: Earned his first collegiate action against the Trojans, rushing four times for 20 yards with a long of eight yards. Western Kentucky: Saw time against the Hilltoppers but did not record any stats. Ole Miss: Was the first option off the bench at tailback, toting the ball three times for 33 yards with a long of 25 ... provided key blocks to allow time for Jalen Hurts to find open receivers. Kent State: Led all Tide backs with 11 rushes for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... had a long rush of 24 yards which he took in for his second score of the day and finished with five rushes of 10 or more yards ... hauled in two passes for 23 yards with a long of 15 yards ... six of his rushes and one of his two pass receptions went for a first down or a touchdown. Kentucky: Set new career highs in nearly every category, rushing 16 times for 100 yards while catching three passes for 44 yards - all career marks - in his first start for the Crimson Tide ... also added one touchdown on the ground ... collected a career-long rush of 28 yards and a 23-yard reception, also a new career-high mark ... his performance earned him SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Arkansas: Rushed three times for 57 yards with a long of 56, all coming on the first drive ... exited the game for good after suffering an injury near the Razorbacks' goal line on the Crimson Tide's opening drive. Tennessee: Totaled 38 yards on six carries with a long rush of 22 ... also caught one pass for a gain of eight yards. Texas A&M: Finished with 10 carries for 36 yards while adding one reception for 11 yards ... had a long rush of eight yards against the Aggies. LSU: Rushed five times for a loss of three yards while adding one reception for a gain of three against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Provided a versatile option in both the rushing and passing game for the Tide ... rushed nine times for 89 yards with three of his runs going for a first down ... added three receptions for 34 yards while notching two first downs on receptions of 26 and 10 yards. Chattanooga: Totaled 17 yards on five rushes with a long of seven against the Mocs. Auburn: Rushed five times for 32 yards with a long run of 26 yards that he nearly broke for a score ... also added one reception for a season-high 30 yards. Florida: Earned special teams player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his efforts against the Gators ... took a Derrick Gore blocked punt into the end zone for the Tide's second touchdown of the day ... rushed six times for 35 yards with a touchdown from six yards out ... also caught one pass for six yards. Washington: Saw limited time in the Tide backfield ... did not attempt a rush but caught one pass for negative yardage. Clemson: Played limited snaps as the Tide focused on a power rushing attack ... carried the ball twice for 16 yards with a long rush of 13 against the Tigers.

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