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With the 55th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Ravens selected Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins.
In 2019, Dobbins became the first Ohio State running back to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards, finishing with 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns. A first-team All-American in 2019, Dobbins finished sixth in Heisman voting. Dobbins finishes his Ohio State career with 4,450 career rushing yards and 38 rushing touchdowns.
Dobbins sees the field better than most backs. His vision allows him to thrive in space and allows him to attack holes when they open up. Not only does Dobbins have great vision, but his smooth feet also allow him to cut and move with the best.
When it comes to passing side of Dobbins’ game, he’s a reliable outlet receiver capable of making an impact. However, Dobbins will need to clean up his work in pass protection to become a reliable three-down running back at the next level. The positive, however, is that Dobbins shows effort in protection, he just needs the refinement.
The ceiling for Dobbins is high. He has the potential to be a future feature back with the proper development. In the short term, he should carve out a decent role with an NFL team that needs a running back capable of making an impact.
Dobbins compares to former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
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What the Analysts Say
Illustrating steady growth across his collegiate career, Dobbins is an ascending prospect that profiles as a plug-and-play NFL starter. Dobbins’ vision, decision-making, burst, power and elusiveness make him an exciting weapon that can be the focal point of a productive NFL backfield. –Joe Marino, The Draft Network
Good football player who bounced back from a sub-par 2018. Proved he could shoulder a heavy load and rise to the occasion against the best his schedule had to offer. He can make a sudden tackler miss and fits as a one-cut runner, but his running style is more battle axe than buzzsaw as a lunch-pail runner with the fortitude and toughness to wear down defenses. –Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
JK Dobbins is likely the second running back on the depth chart, but the ability for him to take over is there. Mark Ingram is the short term starter – and he’s more than solid – but with the offense the Baltimore Ravens run, JK Dobbins will get a lot of touches across the season. Expect work through the air and on the ground for Dobbins.