J.K. Dobbins 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
J.K. Dobbins comes into the 2020 NFL draft as one of the top running backs at the position out of the Ohio State University, which has become a breeding ground for top NFL talent under the reign of Urban Meyer and in 2019, new head coach Ryan Day. Dobbins was a key piece to a Buckeyes offense that averaged just under 47 points per game, and it will be interesting to see how Dobbins translates that to the next level of his career.
College Career: Dobbins had received the rare privilege of being put in a starting position from day one with the Buckeyes, rushing for 1,403 yards and 7 touchdowns in his freshman year while just breaking the 1,000-yard mark with 10 rushing scores in 2018. 2019 was the coming out year for Dobbins with 2,003 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes as one of the nation’s best on the ground.
Strengths: Dobbins was the workhorse for Ohio State last year, averaging 6.5 yards per carry for 1,829 yards heading into the college football playoff. Dobbins also had a huge workload down the stretch of the regular season, with 30+ carry games against Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin, so NFL teams can be pleased to know they are getting a guy who can handle the workload against elite opposition. Dobbins also has the skills to be a three-down starting running back wherever he’s drafted, as his acceleration is second-to-none as Dobbins has a tendency to find space and hit another level when he gets there. When coming to the smaller gaps, Dobbins is a bigger back with a lot of power that can punch through and drag defenders for extra yardage after contact. His most key skill for this draft though, may be his abilities as a receiver. Dobbins has solid hands, can run great routes out of the backfield and can cause havoc against mis-matched defenders on the line or in the linebacking group, making him a prized asset in today’s NFL which is becoming a pass-oriented league.
Weaknesses: Ball security will be a point of focus for Dobbins himself fumbled in back-to-back games against Michigan and Penn State, but it’s really nit-picking at this point as Dobbins fubled three times all season. The other thing and it’s something that all college running backs have to face is that the blitzes come from all angles in the pros, and blitz pickup and recognition as well as being able to handle that pressure is something that’s going to have to be learned over time, but with Dobbins basically taking information like a sponge to water, it shouldn’t be an issue.
Outlook/Possible fit: Dobbins is a fast running back that has some solid acceleration and power and with his pass-catching abilities like previously mentioned, it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest to see Dobbins emerge as a three-down starter in the NFL with serious pro-bowl potential if he’s not playing in the big game. As far as a team fit goes, Dobbins is quickly making up ground in my opinion and he could actually be the first back taken off of the board ahead of D’Andre Swift and Jonathan Taylor. As far as a specific team goes, I think the Miami Dolphins are in the market for a running back as a 37-year old Ryan Fitzpatrick should not be leading your team in rushing like he led the Dolphins last season. Another team I could see on the hunt is the Baltimore Ravens. Mark Ingram II isn’t getting any younger, and could you imagine a potential star like Dobbins alongside Lamar Jackson in that offense? That’s a scary thought for opposing defenses.