2019 NFL Draft: RB prospects for Ravens in each round
Round 1: Josh Jacobs
If you haven’t heard by now, Alabama has two running backs who will be top-100 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. The first of these two is Josh Jacobs, a player who came in hot down the stretch for the Crimson Tide and is now firmly in the round one conversation.
Jacobs rise to the top of draft boards was unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. One day, Jacobs is barely talked about at all for the 2019 NFL Draft, and the next day he’s RB1 and a top 20 player available. Just how could something like this happen?
Between excellent backfield vision, his crafty ability as a receiver, and the total under-usage at Alabama, it’s hard not to fall in love with Jacobs. Jacobs was consistently buried on the team’s depth chart behind runners like Damien Harris (more on him later), Bo Scarbrough, and Najee Harris. Despite this, it was Jacobs, perhaps, the whole time who was the most talented of the bunch; it simply took us much longer to realize this.
Well, now Jacobs’ time is here, and the Baltimore Ravens must capitalize on such a talented young man. Jacobs is Alvin Kamara-esq., and would bring the perfect blend of balance to the Ravens offense. With his downhill running-style (640-yards, 5.3 YPC), his ability as a receiver (48 career receptions, 11.9 career YPR), and his nose for the end-zone (14 touchdowns in 2018), Jacobs does it all (stats via sports-reference.com).
The Ravens haven’t seen someone this versatile since Justin Forsett, and no one as talented since Ray Rice. Draft pundits are beginning to mock Josh Jacobs to Baltimore, and you’d better start getting used to it. Honestly, it seems like the most likely scenario at the 22nd overall pick.