- AProjectionRound 1-2
- Hand10 ⅛
- Arm31 ⅝
Strong Points: Strong, physical after-contact runner. Very good bet-ween the tackles. Quick to hole with outstanding vision/instincts. Makes the most of limited touches. Speed and burst to get outside. Sure hands and runs good short routes. Protects the ball well in traffic. Experienced kickoff returner. Very good goal-line runner. Not overly big but very powerful pile-mover. Minimal wear and tear.
Weak Points: Never the lead back at Alabama. A bit on the short side. Needs work with his pass-protection skills. Arms on short side. Might not time as fast as he plays.
The Way We See It: A true junior, Jacobs was never the full-time starter at Alabama but always earned significant play time as a rotational/role player and kickoff returner. Though he wasn't officially the starter, Jacobs was probably the best of the Alabama backs by the end of last season. With his build, strength and power, he is a strong, tough and productive inside runner who consistently gets yards after contact. He has very good vision/instincts, and consistently makes good decisions. He's tough to tackle because he gets low and attacks defenders. Jacobs is not the most elusive guy, but he is a quick-cutter who will make opponents miss. He gets outside with his speed and burst. Jacobs was not used a lot in the pass game but is a reliable receiver with good hands and the ability to create after the catch. His pass blocking still needs work, but Jacobs has the traits to become a feature runner in the NFL, where backs with his skill set usually do well.
Hub Arkush: Jacobs is a puzzle waiting to be solved. He packs plenty of punch in a low-to-the ground 5-9 ½, 216 pound frame, runs with very good strength and quickness although less than special speed. Jacobs makes up for the missing fifth gear with excellent toughness and enough wiggle to make people miss. While he didn't do a ton of it at Alabama he has all the traits to be a good receiver out of the backfield and while he needs work in pass protection he is a willing blocker. Jacobs also offers a bonus with kickoff return ability but he will have to overcome the nagging question as to why he was never able to establish himself as the No. 1 back at 'Bama. The good news is that with just 251 carries and 48 receptions in 30 games over three seasons at Alabama he averaged 5.9 on the ground and 11. 9 per catch with 21 TD's and there should be plenty of tread left in his tires. The shaky news is he didn't demand the ball more.
Best Fit: Bears, Bills, Vikings, Bucs, Raiders, Dolphins
Red Flags: Never established himself as No. 1. Lacks elite speed. At times runs too upright.
NFL Comp: Melvin Gordon, Devonta Freeman, Sony Michel (Gordon and Michel much bigger)