NFL Mock Draft 6.0: Dueling GM mock sees Redskins land EDGE help
Jacob: The Raiders need help at running back. Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin are both free agents that are nearing the end of their NFL careers. Jon Gruden loves to run the ball, so adding one with one of the Raiders’ four picks inside the top 35 would be a sensible move.
Joshua Jacobs is the only potential first-round running back in this draft class. There are a handful of potentially solid backs in this draft, but none quite compare to Jacobs’ skill level.
Despite shouldering just a limited workload in each of his three seasons at Alabama, Jacobs made the most of his touches. In his final year with the Crimson Tide, Jacobs had 140 touches and scored 14 times. That’s an average of a touchdown every 10 plays.
Jacobs ran with power, elusiveness, and speed and was extremely tough to tackle. He always ran hard and had a toughness to him and seemingly has an edge. Gruden should love that, and if he can keep Jacobs running angry, he could really take off with the Raiders.
Additionally, Jacobs’ lack of a heavy workload, just 299 touches during his college career, should ensure that he will be fresh yet prepared for the NFL level. That’s why the Raiders will consider him this early, especially after taking care of their need on the edge earlier in the mock.