Colts, Eagles, Raiders ‘quite interested’ in NFL Draft prospect RB Josh Jacobs
In just a few days, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs will know where he’s going to begin his NFL career. Jacobs is widely considered the top running back prospect in this year’s NFL Draft class and should be off the board sometime in the first round.
According to Peter King of NBC Sports, the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, and Oakland Raiders are all “quite interested” in Jacobs.
— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) April 22, 2019
While Jacobs is usually considered to be the best, this is thought of as a pretty weak class for running backs overall. As such, it’s hard to predict exactly where Jacobs will go, and mock drafts have him going anywhere from early in the first to somewhere in the second round.
As King points out, those three teams pick consecutively from 24-27. If one or more of those teams want him, they might have to leapfrog the others and trade up. All three teams were linked to Le’Veon Bell at one point or another, so their interest in another high profile running back isn’t surprising.
Of those three teams, the Raiders and Eagles would seem to be in more desperate need of running back help. The Colts had Marlon Mack emerge last season, and also have Nyheim Hines returning. The backfield was a mess for Philadelphia last year, and the Raiders still don’t know if Marshawn Lynch is coming back next season.
Jacobs is an interesting case as a prospect because he never handled the full load at Alabama. Last season he had only 120 carries, which were by far the most of his career, and he gained 640 yards. It’s rare for a running back to be so highly regarded without a ton of college production, but scouts love his game. It’ll be interesting to see who pulls the trigger.