The injuries to highly rated 2019 NFL draft prospects continue to pile up just days before the NFL Combine gets underway.
Florida’s Jawaan Taylor, arguably the top offensive tackle in this year’s draft, isn’t going to participate in on-field drills because of an injured hamstring, and now Alabama running back Josh Jacobs is expected to be limited with a groin injury, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
#Bama RB Josh Jacobs, one of the most highly touted RBs in this coming draft, is dealing with a groin injury and will do limited work in Indy at the Combine, source says. Nothing major, but knocks him out of several drills.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2019
Jacobs is considered by most analysts to be the top overall running back in the 2019 class, but it’s not by a wide margin. This year’s draft is loaded with talented Day 2 backs and if any of them run a blazing 40-yard dash and dazzle during the on-field drills, the lack of speed times for Jacobs could hurt his chances at being the first running back taken.
Rapoport didn’t say for sure whether Jacobs will sit out of the 40-yard dash, but it appears likely the Alabama do-it-all talent will be watching more than he’s running in Indianapolis.