With the 55th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Ravens select Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins …
J.K. Dobbins Career Statistics
Dobbins posted 1,538 yards from scrimmage and 7.1 yards per touch on 216 touches as a true freshman at 19. After a down 2018 season by the previously set standards, he roared back in 2019 with 2,250 yards on 324 touches. As a workhorse back, Dobbins closed his 2019 season with 127 touches for 821 yards from scrimmage (6.5 yards per touch) over his final four games, all coming against top-25 ranked run defenses in the country.
The Power-5 RB 2000/20/20 Club
2K rushing yards
in a single season (since 2000)
— Curtis Patrick – RotoViz (@CPatrickNFL) February 13, 2020
The best home run hitter in this class, Dobbins was attributed with 31 runs of 15-plus yards per Pro Football Focus, the most among all backs in 2019. As a pass catcher, Dobbins caught over 20 passes in all three seasons. For ball security, no other back in this draft class fumbled at a lower rate than Dobbins, who coughed up the ball just five times on 796 career touches.
Last year, Baltimore led the league in yards from scrimmage differential (107.0 per game) on the strength of out-rushing their opponents by 112.6 yards per game. Their 3,296 rushing yards on the season were the most overall by an NFL team in a single season and their 206.0 rushing yards per game were the most by a team in a season since 1976. Lamar Jackson played a large role in contributing to those totals and the scheme itself, but this is a run-first offense.
Ravens dip into analytics with their running back selection. Every single one of their RBs thrives running out of shotgun.
JK Dobbins 2nd most yards from gun last year in college per @SportsInfo_SIS
260 carries, 1755 yards, 18 TD, 6.8 ypc from shotgun
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 25, 2020
Mark Ingram had 1,265 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns in his first season in Baltimore, but he will also turn 31-years-old this December and carries only a $1.3M dead cap hit in 2021.
Last year’s fourth-round pick Justice Hill (113th overall) handled just 66 touches as a rookie (4.5 yards per touch) and was far less effective in the run game (3.9 YPC) than backup Gus Edwards (5.3 YPC), who is only signed through this season.