Josh Jacobs
Josh Jacobs
21-Year-Old Running BackRB
Oakland Raiders
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The first running back off the board in the 2019 draft, Jacobs landed in a potential starting role when Oakland nabbed him with the 24th overall pick. While he didn't carry a heavy workload in a crowded Alabama backfield during his college days, he impressed with what chances he got, showing a versatile skill set and running with power and purpose. Jacobs has ideal NFL size and runs with a low center of gravity, and he should see plenty of short-yardage and goal-line carries regardless of his other duties in the Oakland backfield. His balance and vision are also a plus, so while he lacks elusiveness and there are questions about his ability to outrun defenders in the open field, he can still pick up extra yards after the initial point of contact. Jacobs also showed enough as a receiver to stay on the field for passing downs, though he might never be a true difference-maker through the air and Jalen Richard will also be a factor in that area. The club signed Isaiah Crowell this offseason, but the former Brown and Jet quickly took himself out of the picture with a torn Achilles during April workouts. Marshawn Lynch retired, and the Raiders otherwise focused on upgrading their passing game with the additions of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, leaving Jacobs to spearhead the running game. Read Past Outlooks
Locked in after Crowell injury
RBOakland Raiders
May 1, 2019
Jacobs is facing less competition for carries after teammate Isaiah Crowell suffered a torn Achilles during a workout Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Already a strong favorite to handle the lead role in Oakland's backfield, the 24th overall draft pick is now looking at minimal threats on early downs. The Raiders have Jalen Richard on hand for passing-down work and likely will add another veteran to replace Crowell, but the fallback option won't necessarily pose a real threat to Jacobs. While splitting carries at Alabama last season with Damien Harris and Najee Harris, Jacobs scored 14 touchdowns on 140 touches (120 carries, 20 catches) last season. Oddly enough, the transition from college to the NFL leaves Jacobs with weaker competition for both snaps and touches.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Josh Jacobs' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 10"
220 lbs
Hand Length
10.13 in
Arm Length
31.63 in
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First RB taken, Oakland bound
RBOakland Raiders
April 25, 2019
The Raiders selected Jacobs in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 24th overall.
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Picky in pre-draft process
RBFree Agent
April 24, 2019
Jacobs only visited a select group of teams in the pre-draft process and didn't hold a private workout for any of them, Chase Goodbread of NFL Network reports.
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Stock rising
RBFree Agent
April 3, 2019
Jacobs (groin) ran the 40-yard dash Tuesday at Alabama's second Pro Day, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.
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Plans to compete at Pro Day
RBFree Agent
February 28, 2019
Jacobs (groin) said he's about "85 percent" right now but should be ready to compete at Alabama's Pro Day on March 19, Alex Byington of the Montgomery Advertiser reports. "I can obviously run on it ... but I feel like if I run and do bad, it'll hurt me more than if I was just to take my time and wait (until the Pro Day)," Jacobs explained.
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Bothered by groin ahead of combine
RBFree Agent
February 25, 2019
Jacobs is dealing with a groin injury that will limit his participation at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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