Doesn't possess the consistent breakaway speed to beat defenders to the outside.
Has trouble making defenders miss in open space.
He avoided tackles on about 27.2% of his carries, and the vast majority of those were broken tackles.
More of a power back who will run over his defender than a back who will use juke or spin moves to make a defender miss.
He finished second in his running back draft class in receiving success rate with a mark of 57.6 percent. He also averages 11.5 yards after catch which makes him a great receiver after the catch. However, his route running is a tad underwhelming and he mainly runs wheel routes and bubble screens.
Very patient running back who waits for his OL to create holes for him.
Running in Traffic
If his OL is unable to create a hole for him, he is still phenomenal at creating his own hole and turning negative plays or no gains into big runs.
Played with a broken ankle for the vast majority of the 2017 season. Also had hamstring problems during the 2017 season and had a groin injury that limited his abilities at the combine
His running style is akin to Marshawn Lynch because he runs through defenders or throws them off with vicious stiff arms.
Scores high with all the efficiency rankings and averaged nearly 6 yards a carry during his time at Alabama. However, Jacobs had a small sample size of production compared to other running backs due to his lack of carries and receptions.
Excellent impact blocker and great at picking up blocking assignments.
A tenacious running back who fights for every inch on every play.
Never arrested for anything and great during press conferences.
According to Mike Renner, 41% of Jacobs’ runs went for a TD or first down. This means that he consistently moves the chains when he has the ball in his hands.
Big Play Ability
According to Mike Renner, 41% of Jacobs’ runs went for a TD or first down.
Strength, blocking, toughness, yards after reception, and efficiency.
Speed, route running
Josh Jacobs is projected as the No. 1 running back prospect in this draft for most NFL scouts. The most impressive aspect of Jacobs is his strength. His ability to break tackles is nearly unmatched. When you couple Jacobs’ strength with his incredible patience, balance, and vision, you get a running back who is able to turn potential no gains and negative runs into miraculous runs. According to Pro Football Focus’ Mike Renner, 41% of Jacobs’ runs went for a TD or first down. Jacobs is a reliable goal-line option in the red-zone due to his knack to rush for every inch on every play. His blocking is also excellent due to his ability to push around defensive linemen twice his size and pancake linebackers. The only cons with Jacobs pertain to his speed and usage in the passing game. He lacks the speed needed to beat defenders on the outside or consistently make people miss in open space. His route tree is limited to mainly bubble screens and wheel routes, but when he was his run after the catch is above average.
Jordan Howard, Marshawn Lynch and Derrick Henry