Alabama’s Josh Jacobs is slowly but surely becoming the consensus top running back available in the 2019 NFL draft. His climb up the draft board has been dramatic, to say the least, reaching new heights in the lastest 2019 mock draft released by NFL.com.
Chad Reuter’s new mock has no real surprises at the top, with Nick Bosa (Cardinals), Quinnen Williams (49ers) and Josh Allen (Jets) coming off the board 1-2-3. But then it gets tricky.
Michigan’s Rashan Gary is the Raiders’ pick at No. 4 and Jacobs, despite the devaluation of running backs in recent years, is the fifth overall pick by Tampa Bay.
Reuter’s explanation is a bit odd, however. “I expect the Bucs to move down from this spot,” wrote Reuter, “eventually picking Bruce Arians’ new David Johnson.”
Does that mean he thinks Tampa Bay will grab Jacobs later in the draft? Who knows. But the mock is the mock, and Jacobs is off the board at No. 5.
I don’t see any way this happens come draft weekend. Jacobs is a very talented player, but with valuable edge rushers and interior defensive linemen more worthy of that selection, I don’t think running back will be in play until the back half of the top 10, if not later.
For Reuter’s complete mock draft, click here.