Josh Jacobs was tagged with a 6.70 grade, and he lived up to that projection with flying colors, as he became the best Raiders rookie running back of all-time. Jacobs was expected to be Jon Gruden’s workhorse back despite never playing a down in the NFL, and he made the transition with minimal problems.
The former Alabama rusher finished his rookie season averaging 88.5 yards per game, ranking third among qualified running backs. In addition, he became the first Raiders rookie to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, all the while doing it with a broken shoulder for most of the year.
After the season ended, Jacobs was then named a candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year, where he took second place to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. Still, many believe that Jacobs should have run away with the award, and while he may not have won the hardware, he cemented himself as the Raiders feature back moving forward.
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 220 lbs
- Arms: 31 5/8″
- Hands: 10 1/8″