J.K. Dobbins – Part 1 – College Evaluation

Dobbins came into college as a top recruit and he’s leaving college as a top prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. He racked up 4,459 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns over his three years at Ohio State. Everyone knows that Dobbins is one of the better running backs in the 2020 class, but find out more about how the Rotoheat team feels about his fantasy impact below!

Athletic Ability – 8.4

A big play threat waiting to happen, Dobbins brings an intriguing athletic profile; but where we are excited, we are just as concerned. Dobbins had ankle trouble in college, but if you watched him in 2018 against Ohio State (21 carries for 298 yards!), you saw big play after big play. If he can take those skills to the NFL, you could see a solid fantasy producer as long as he stays injury free. We saw a quick, shifty back with good, long speed and someone athletic enough to get away from those shoe-string tackles.

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LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 28: Ohio State Buckeyes running back J.K. Dobbins (2) attempts to run through an opening during the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday September 28, 2019 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE. (Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Toughness – 8.1

Dobbins was not afraid of contact, and could easily step into a three-down role from day one if placed in the right situation. Looking at Dobbins athletic profile, the kid is a workout warrior and it shows on the field. If you want a perfect example, check out his game in 2019 against Nebraska, as the Cornhuskers always have a strong, physical defense. We saw Dobbins pound them into submission all over the field and at the goal line.

Vision – 8.1

The Buckeyes have a solid, but not spectacular, offensive line, and time and time again we saw Dobbins breaking off big plays. For a perfect example look at his last game against Clemson. You saw Dobbins nearly carrying that team on his back against a ton of NFL-caliber talent that he was facing–ripping off big play after big play.

Hands – 7.4

The biggest concern the team has is with his hands. We saw plenty of drops that shouldn’t have been. The great thing for Dobbins is that this is an area that can be resolved. A perfect example from a different player, but one that had drops problems, is Eric Ebron. In Detroit, he had tons of drops, yet was able to grow into a solid target after a move to Indianapolis. Dobbins averaged around 20 catches a season, so it’s not as bad as some of the rookies coming out, but it’s definitely something we need to keep an eye on moving forward.

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College Football: CFP National Semifinals: Ohio State J.K. Dobbins (2) in action, rushing vs Clemson Tanner Muse (19) at University of Phoenix Stadium. Glendale, AZ 12/28/2019 CREDIT: Nils Nilsen (Photo by Nils Nilsen /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X163100 TK1 )

YAC – 8.4

Dobbins continually fought for extra yards and it showed. In 2018, over 60% of his total rushing yards came after initial contact! That’s a big deal, and with his shiftiness, he may make an immediate impact at the NFL level (for both his NFL team and your fantasy squad). One big reason is that not only is this kid tough, but he is hard to take down. It helps that he squats 700 lbs! When you’re looking for a running back to build your fantasy team around, we just keep seeing positives to Dobbins game that give us that “it factor”.

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GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 28: Ohio State Buckeyes running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball for a touchdown during the Fiesta Bowl college football playoff semi final game between the Clemson Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes on December 28, 2019 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)