Alabama RB Josh Jacobs Shows Major Improvement In 40-Yard Dash At 2nd Pro Day

first_imgJosh Jacobs takes a carry in the national championship.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Josh Jacobs was already in discussions to be the first running back off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Crimson Tide star reportedly helped himself even more in front of NFL personnel during a recent event.Jacobs missed a number of drills during the NFL Scouting Combine earlier in the process. On March 20, Jacobs participated in drills in Tuscaloosa during Alabama Pro Day, and reportedly impressed.Front office insider Gil Brandt reported that his source called Jacobs’ performance “exceptional.” Clearly, he was already trending upwards, and seems to be in line for a first round selection.If there was an area for improvement, it was Jacobs’ 40-yard dash. At Alabama’s first Pro Day, he reportedly ran in the mid-4.6 second range.Alabama held a second Pro Day recently, and Josh Jacobs reportedly performed much better in the 40-yard dash.NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that Jacobs was in the low-to-mid 4.5 range, an impressive time for a back of his size.#Bama RB prospect Josh Jacobs ran his 40-yard dash again today at Alabama’s second Pro Day and the times ranged from 4.52 – 4.56, source said. An improvement from the 220-pounder.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 2, 2019That is good news for Jacobs, who doesn’t have quite the same rep as an Ezekiel Elliott or Saquon Barkley in recent years.That is, in part, because Alabama was so good at splitting time between a number of exceptional backs, including Jacobs, Damien Harris, and Bo Scarborough.Jacobs ran for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 120 carries in 2018.last_img read more