A high profile recruit out of Texas JK Dobbins spurned the Texas schools along with several SEC Universities to head north and play for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Dobbins wasted little time with the Buckeyes rushing for 181 yards in his first game as a true freshman in route to 1,403 yards on the season. Now entering his third year in Columbus JK Dobbins is looking to build off his back to back 1,000 yard seasons and put himself up with the top backs in the 2020 NFL Draft running back group. Here we’ll look at three traits that make JK Dobbins stand out.
JK Dobbins isn’t a big 240lb power back but if you want to tackle him your going to need to wrap him up and drive him to the group or your going to need some help. Dobbins best trait is his balance that allows him to absorb body shots, bouncing off of them to keep running. In Ohio State’s offense Dobbins was tasked with running between the tackles and this lead to defenders getting their hands on him. Dobbins was often able to prevent himself from being tackled by running through arm tackles up high and spinning off of others.
JK Dobbins has some quickness to his game but I wouldn’t call him explosive. Instead Dobbins uses his lateral agility and some quick bursts to elude defenders and keep his runs going. A controlled runner Dobbins is able to stop, make a move and then start back up as he works through traffic. His ability to change directions or make a quick cut allows him to use defenders momentum against themselves and to exploit running lanes.
It always seems like JK Dobbins is looking ahead and seeing blocks develop down the field. Because he lacks too end speed or explosiveness he has to rely on good field vision to see holes opening. But not just the one hole that he can hit and be gone but for Dobbins he has to always be looking several moves ahead if he is going to reel off long runs. To have success in the NFL a running back doesn’t need elite breakaway speed but they need burst and vision. JK Dobbins has that vision.