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2019 NFL Draft: Immediate reactions, grades to Raiders selection of Josh Jacobs

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How does the staff at Silver & Black Pride view the selection of Josh Jacobs at 24 overall?

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After selecting Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Silver & Black drafted

Tyler Green

Josh Jacobs was the consensus top running back in the 2019 NFL Draft, and he fills a need with the retirement of Marshawn Lynch. Jacobs is a three-down back that can run between the tackles, catch out of the backfield, and block effectively. With just 251 carries in three seasons, he has low tread on his tires. He was Daniel Jeremiah’s 8th overall player in the draft, and the Silver & Black were able to pick him at 24 overall. That being said, the Raiders may have been better off selecting a more premium position such as receiver or cornerback.

Grade: B+

BD Williams

A modern day running back who not only contributes in the run game but as a downfield receiver in the passing game. He has an inspirational story and clearly runs like he is taking anger out on his opponents. Plenty left in the tank after being a part of a committee backfield at Alabama, he enters the league with relatively fresh legs compared to other rookie RBs. It’s high time the Raiders selected an all-around back early in the draft. The analytics community will tell you running backs don’t matter but with an extra round 1 pick to spare, the Raiders made a solid call here.

Grade: B+

Thomas Wheaton

Josh Jacobs has long been considered the best running back in this class and has been a mock draft selection for the Raiders for the last two months. The upside is there for Jacobs, but using a first round pick on a running back never really provides the value that other positions could. However, Jacob’s versatility is very exciting for the Raiders. He can pound the rock and catch out of the backfield, and is an immediate upgrade over the nonexistent running backs on the roster. Also, he has quite a bit of tread on his tires still as he wasn’t overused at Alabama. Reach? Who cares, Raiders got a starting running back for the foreseeable future.

Grade: A-

Levi Damien

Not a fan of this pick. This is too high to get a running back in this draft. I also have never really been crazy about Josh Jacobs as a must first round pick player. Yeah, I know others had him very highly rated. I’m saying I don’t. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong. I was more impressed by some other backs in this class and thought it was unnecessary to go after any of them with pick 24.

Grade: C

Marcus Krause

Josh Jacobs is one of the players that has been most often suggested as a Raiders selection with one of their late first round picks. That is because the Raiders had a need for another big running back with Marshawn Lynch retiring, and Chris Warren III being an unknown quantity coming off of an injury. Jacobs is a powerful runner with great hands out of the backfield, and he also can be used as a returner as well. At 5’10, 220lbs he is a shockingly versatile running back despite his size, he has great character with an amazing back story, and he is widely considered the top running back in the draft.

B+