Ohio State’s JK Dobbins likens himself to Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey
In the months leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft, JK Dobbins has likely heard himself compared to multiple running backs in the NFL, but he sees himself in a different light. While making an appearance on Pro Football Talk Live, Dobbins likened himself to Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey.
“Definitely Christian McCaffrey,” Dobbins said when asked on PFT Live which player he’s most like.
“My team didn’t really put me at slot receiver like that, but I definitely can catch the ball a lot so I see myself as a player like him,” Dobbins said. “He runs tough, can take it the distance, just like me.”
For quite some time, Dobbins has been regarded as the best running back in this year’s draft. The junior running back out of Ohio State finished his collegiate career with a bang in 2019.
Before declaring for the NFL, Dobbins gashed opposing defenses for 2,003 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns in 2019. In addition, Dobbins flashed his ability as a receiving threat, hauling in 23 receptions for 247 yards and two touchdowns.
As Dobbins noted, he was never asked to take on a prominent role in Ohio State’s aerial attack. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he could become a dual-threat running back once he arrives in the NFL.
By linking himself to McCaffrey, Dobbins has quite the expectations to live up to at the next level. In his first three seasons with the Panthers, McCaffrey has contributed 5,443 yards from scrimmage and has 303 receptions to his name. Despite those gaudy numbers, JK Dobbins believes he can make the same impact at the running back position.