2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting report on 2020 NFL Draft prospect RB J.K. Dobbins of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Chase Young, RB, Ohio State Buckeyes

Career Snapshot
Three-year starter who earned Second Team All-America honors, tied for the Big Ten lead with 2,003 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns as a junior in 2019. Named Second Team All-Big Ten in both 2017 and 2018, when he combined to rush 424 times for 2,456 yards and 17 touchdowns and catch 48 passes for 398 yards and three TDs.

Skilled ball carrier who stands out in every aspect of his position. Displays great patience, waits for blocks to develop and effectively uses them everywhere on the field. Displays outstanding short-area quickness, makes defenders miss and squeezes through the small openings of the defense. Runs with outstanding vision and instincts, keeps his feet moving and tries to get as much yardage from each carry as possible.

Shows a sixth sense of what’s happening on the field. Quickly cuts back against the grain and immediately gets back to top speed. Sells pass routes extremely well, settles into the underneath coverage to make himself an available target and consistently catches the ball with his hands. Tremendous blocker who gives effort and gets results.

More of a one-speed back who lacks great burst and top-end speed. Shows some hesitation and has to gather himself into cuts. Won’t consistently pick up much yardage off initial contact or move the pile.

Dobbins won’t wow anybody with a super-fast 40 time, but he’s a terrific running back who stands out in all areas of the position. He offers potential as a feature back at the next level as a runner and pass catcher, and his skills as a blocker provide added value.

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