Alabama has 11 former players attending the NFL Combine later this month; that ties the most in college football with Clemson.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah released his top five RBs ahead of the Draft, and two former Alabama backs — Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris — are ranked in the top five.
In fact, the multidimensional Jacobs is rated the top overall back. The Oklahoma native exploded onto the scene in 2018. Yes, he was certainly good in 2016 and 2017, but the world saw his talent and high ceiling this past season. Jacobs is great between the tackles, explosive and is a great receiver out of the backfield. Amazingly, had the Tide not had Damien Harris and Najee Harris, Jacobs would have been featured much more.
Jacobs ended his Alabama career with 251 carries for 1,491 yards and 16 TDs, and while that’s a season for many backs around the country, Jacobs has low miles and has much more to give in the NFL. Scouts and analysts certainly know that. For comparison sake, Derrick Henry had 172 carries as a sophomore and 395 as a junior prior to entering the NFL Draft. Henry totaled 602 carries in his Alabama career. Jacob has a total of 251, while adding 48 catches for 571 yards and five TDs as a receiver.
Damien Harris, on the other hand, totaled 477 carries for 3,070 yards and 23 TDs.
My top 5 RB's heading into the NFL Scouting Combine
1) Josh Jacobs (Alabama)
2) Devin Singletary (FAU)
3) David Montgomery (Iowa St)
4) Damien Harris (Alabama)
5) Justice Hill (Oklahoma St)#NFLDraft
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) February 10, 2019