From here to writing the NFL 2019 project, we hope to present as many prospects as possible and examine their strengths and weaknesses. Most of these profiles will include people whom the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to interest, while a few others will be the highest ranked players. If you want to analyze a player, please tell us in the comments below.
# 8 Joshua Jacobs / RB / Alabama / 5'10 ", 215 lbs
– old school mentality for the post; wants to punish the defenders at every race
– Draft horse returns late in games to help Alabama win the match
– Explosive lower half with fast bursts
– Physical pass protector that has the air of tilting freely; drop his pads and keep his eyes in the air
– Major improvements as a receiver in the final year; able to follow the ball on the ground and pick it out of his body
– very little hesitation behind the line of scrimmage; hit the holes hard and fast
– Excellent contact balance for position with a powerful frame. always keep your legs restless
– Limited production as part of a three-headed monster at RB throughout his career with the Crimson Tide
– struggle to escape sometimes insufficient contact; can be triggered by smaller defenders; began to see the defenders go down as the season progressed to try to counter the power of Jacobs.
– No take-off speed and probably will not hit a lot of circuits in the NFL
– had persistent injury problems throughout his career, including in his second year
– Will not exceed a lot of defenders laterally; must move initially north / south to let off steam
– Selected as the most valuable player in the SEC 2018 league match against Georgia
– He contributed in many ways as a junior, totaling 15 touchdowns (11 scored, 3 conceded, one kickoff return) to finish eighth in the SEC and his 11 consecutive tied scores for seventh place of the league
– Completed three career career in Alabama with 40 career games, 299 touchdowns, 2062 yards in the scrum, 21 touchdowns
– 64 of his 140 contacts as a junior got a score or first try for Alabama (46%)
– A former 4-star rookie who developed late and chose Alabama rather than the state of Oklahoma, in the state of Missouri
At the dawn of the 2018 season, Alabama is expected to have the best performance in the preliminary category of 2019, without exception. The wait was Damien Harris, who had rejected the NFL in 2018 to return to school, crowned a successful career with the Crimson Tide, racked up big numbers, led the tide to another national championship, and then competed in the NFL draft as RB1.
Joshua Jacobs had other plans.
The former 4-star rookie who has enlisted in Alabama at the end of 2016 and who has been buried in the depths chart is the ultimate prowess to wealth in this class. Jacobs had to climb the ranks of fifth place on Tide's depth chart to start his career, and then embark on a three-man rotation with Harris and a five-star rookie. Najee Harris.
In all honesty, Jacobs was the best of the group in 2018 and is my best RB1 in the NFL draft in 2019, right in front of the Florida Atlantic Devin Singletary.
Jacobs is a running back who loves contact and inflicts a terrifying amount of punishment.
In the rival duel against Auburn last season, Jacobs had hatred in the forefront, inflicting blows on the defenders almost every time he touched the ball. He does a great job of patience here and bounces it in the light of day. Instead of strolling out of bounds, as do most of the back halfbacks today, Jacobs drops the hammer on the back of the Tigers' defense, sending him back to the attack.
I like this mentality among the halves. Football needs more guys like Jacobs to get back into the picture.
You've probably seen this one now.
It is a Mack truck that rolls downhill without brakes. Oklahoma's defensive back was injured in the match; so I do not want to gloat here, but what a defender wants to stand in front of Jacobs on the field like this, knowing that he has the mentality of Marshawn Lynch?
Really, it's hard to find things that Jacobs is not doing well. This is partly due to the limited contact he has had with Alabama over the past three years, but it is actually just a complete back, as ready as you can for the NFL.
He is a dynamic pass passer who follows the ball well and gives Alabama the chance to put him on any court. I love the way he is able to stay with this ball flying in the air against Auburn, then forcing his way into the end zone after catching him.
When he does not punish guys, he can send defenders flying with jukes, especially pennies.
It's almost a 90-degree angle that cuts at the speed of the night while moving almost at full speed. Clemson A J. Terrell does not even have a chance to defend it. You see very rarely these types of cuts in the backs, but Jacobs has this in his toolbox.
Even if he does not have a course, he will be on the field because of his pass protection abilities. He is delighted to be able to stand in front of his QB and hit the free rushers. He drops his pads and keeps his eyes in the air, hitting the guys in the numbers. And it's not just a blow and move on; he's trying to finish people.
Look at his head here, because you can not see his eyes. He quickly determines who is the player who is free and he controls it.
I am a huge fan of Jacobs and his abilities. Now that he will be able to get out of the 3 RB rotation in Alabama and hopefully be the real number one for his franchise in the NFL, let 's see the native. Oklahoma publish staggering numbers. like a double threat guy.
I could see Jacobs go late in the first round to a place like the Oakland Raiders 7 overall, but ideally he slips to the start of the second round and clings to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Buffalo Bills at No. 39 and No. 40 in general. This is the ideal landing point for Jacobs, in terms of overall choice.
Watched Games: Tennessee (17), Louisville (18), Mississippi State (18), Tennessee (18), Auburn (18), Georgia (18), Oklahoma (18), Clemson (18)
Projection: Beginning 2