J.K. Dobbins 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Strengths, and Possible Fits
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J.K. Dobbins 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
J.K. Dobbins has been a 3 year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes. However it does not look like the star running back will need a senior season at Ohio State. Dobbins had a tremendous 2019 campaign for the Buckeyes. The Buckeye running back could be a late first round pick, but should not fall past the 2nd round. Let us take a look at his college career, strengths, weaknesses, and possible fits.
College Career: The 3 year starter at Ohio State had an electric college career for the Buckeyes. Dobbins had a great freshman season, before backtracking during his junior year, but showed great strengths in his junior year. The running back rushed for 2,003 yards and totaled 23 touchdowns during the 2019 campaign. Dobbins rushed for 4,459 yards and 38 touchdowns on the ground. The junior averaged 6.7 yards per rush this past season. Dobbins finished 6th in the Heisman voting for the 2019 season.
Strengths: Dobbins proved he is capable of overcoming a down season. The running back showed promise as a freshman, but then slowed down his sophomore season. Dobbins had a great junior season, in a comeback year. The running back showed great ball security during his college career, as he fumbled just 5 times in 796 touches from scrimmage. If one calculates that out, that is a fumble percentage of less than 0.007 percent. After watching numerous Ohio State games throughout the last couple years, the running back’s cuts have improved each season. The running back has shown the ability to be a reliable receiver out of the backfield as well.
Weaknesses: The Buckeye product was out standing in almost all rushing aspects, but Dobbins does struggle with the home run power. Dobbins will need to work on his breakaway speed, as defensive backs are extremely quick at the professional level.
Possible Fits: The two teams that stand out are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams. The Buccaneers are in need of an athletic and dynamic running back. Dobbins checks both of those boxes. With Tampa Bay signing Tom Brady, the Buccaneers will want to have a dynamic running back and Dobbins would give them that option. The Buccaneers have tried Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones, but that has not worked out to this point. The Rams recently cut ties with Todd Gurley, so the Rams should be in the market for a running back during the draft. Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson are on the Rams roster, but neither compare to Dobbins. However, I am not sure what direction the Rams are trying to go, so I’ll leave the best option as Tampa Bay.