The Baltimore Ravens fielded one of the most potent rushing attacks in 2019, led by NFL MVP Lamar Jackson. Veteran Mark Ingram did his part, too.
Ingram ran for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first season with Baltimore, but he’ll turn 31 this season and at some point, Father Time is going to catch up.
That’s why the Ravens’ selection of Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft made so much sense. He’ll slide into an active role in the backfield with the projection to eventually become the lead back once Ingram’s skill set diminishes.
The pick was so good that NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah dubbed it a perfect fit.
“Dobbins’ running style fits perfectly with what offensive coordinator Greg Roman loves to do,” Jeremiah wrote. “At Ohio State, Dobbins was a no-nonsense back — just hit it and go. He’ll allow the Ravens to keep all of their backs fresh and maybe even take some of the rushing load off of their aging veteran and MVP quarterback.”
Ingram should still receive the lion’s share of carries in 2020, but Dobbins will have a role. He’s a hard-nosed runner who plays bigger than his 5-9, 209-pound frame. He has more than enough juice to explode past third-level defenders, too.
The Ravens were a bully on offense in 2019. They’re even tougher now with Dobbins in the fold.