J.K. Dobbins: New Orleans Saints Prospect Review

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The Saints are looking good at Running Back for this upcoming season. However, after this year, Alvin Kamara will be a free agent and looking for a nice sized deal. He will likely be looking for a figure similar to the $16 million a year Christian McCaffery just got in Carolina. If this is the case, the Saints could look to grab a young play maker to step in just in case the number Kamara asks for is out of budget. The Saints recently interviewed Ohio State Running Back, J.K. Dobbins and reportedly have serious interest. While it would be a surprise for the Saints to go RB at 24th overall, nothing is out of the question with Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis.

Smooth Runner

When you watch the tape on Dobbins, it stands out immediately that he is a big play waiting to happen. He is good at remaining patient in the back field, looking for the hole, and then exploding through and taking it to the house. He has great breakaway speed. Once he gets to the second level, you’re not going to catch him. He is a little undersized at 5’10 217 lbs, but in today’s NFL that is not a problem. He is a very shifty player as well. Dobbins is great at making defenders miss. While he is not known for his receiving ability, Dobbins has shown potential to become great in that aspect as well. Overall, Dobbins is a very solid RB and will be the first or second RB off the board.

College Star

To put it simply, Dobbins dominated in college. In 2017, as a true Freshman, he ran the ball 194 times for 1,403 yards and 7 TDs adding another TD in the passing game. As a Sophomore, he carried the ball 230 times for 1,053 yards and 10 TDs with 2 receiving TDs. This past season he carried the ball a whopping 301 times, for 2,003 yards and 21 TDs with 2 receiving TDs. This guy is a touchdown machine!

How to Get Him

It gets a little tricky when you try to figure out how to get Dobbins in the black and gold. It would be a tad bit of a reach to take him at 24, especially when you already have two very good backs in Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. Dobbins is expected to fall to the end of the first and possibly into the second round. The problem is after pick 24, the Saints do not pick again until pick 88 overall in the third round. There is no chance he will still be available then. If the Saints have their hearts set on Dobbins, they could trade back from 24th overall, gather some draft capital, and take Dobbins in the second round. Or, the more likely scenario, Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis give up our 3rd rounder, another pick later in this draft, and a 2nd or 3rd rounder next year to move up into the 2nd round of this draft and take Dobbins. It would take some movement, but if the Saints see a future star in Dobbins, like they did in Kamara a few years ago, the necessary moves will be made. Hold it.

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