Positional ranking: #1
Big Board ranking: #17
Weight: 220 lbs.
Arm length: 31 5/8”
Hand size: 10 1/8”
40-yard dash: DNP (4.60 sec. at Pro Day)
Vertical jump: DNP
Broad jump: DNP
Bench press: DNP
3-cone drill: DNP
Short shuttle: DNP
Powerful runner that seeks contact. Punishes would-be tacklers. Doesn’t particularly like going out of bounds. Tremendous balance. Great vision. Sees the hole and accelerates through it. Agile. Can side step a defender and get upfield. Possesses a nasty dead-leg cutback. Subtle moves make defenders miss. Knows when he can bounce runs to the outside. Understands angles and brushes off arm tackles in the open field. Converts in short-yardage situations. Has flashed big-play ability as a receiver. Soft hands. Comfortable catching passes over the middle. Excellent in pass protection. Had success as a kick returner.
Doesn’t have home-run speed. Limited production and playing time at Alabama.
Thurman Thomas – Being compared to Thomas—a Hall of Famer—is obviously very high praise, but there isn’t a player in recent memory that has Josh Jacobs’ punishing style combined with pass-catching skills and the ability to make people miss.
Overall, Josh Jacobs is an all-around running back that will run through a defender just as easily as he will make them miss in the open field. It is a slight concern that he wasn’t featured for the Crimson Tide, but Jacobs will have limited mileage and should be a tone-setter at the next level.