Jahmyr Gibbs NFL Draft Scouting Report
RB, Alabama Crimson Tide
Jahmyr Gibbs is a true junior RB prospect who was a consensus 5-star prospect that opted to stay in state and attend Georgia Tech. Gibbs spent two years at Georgia Tech as their clear best player on offense and decided to transfer to Alabama for the 2022 season. At Alabama, Gibbs stepped right in and earned the starting RB position.
While Gibbs is a running back, he offers a rare skill set as a receiver out of the backfield. In the modern era where the expectation for running backs is to be able to offer value as a runner and a receiver, Gibbs exceeds those expectations and may be one of the best past-catching hybrid running backs that has entered the draft in the past 10 years.
As a running back from the handoff, Gibbs has great vision and instincts to feel pressure, evade pressure, and find an opening in the defense, butting against the flow of the play when necessary. Gibbs has the lateral foot quickness and agility to jump-cut from one hole to another and string together multiple moves while maintaining great balance and also having the vision to manipulate second-level defenders from the backfield. Working to the second level of defenses, Gibbs can create missed tackles by making defenders miss, utilizing his elusiveness and electric burst to accelerate past defenders. In the open field, Gibbs only needs a small opening to feel comfortable to accelerate and quickly pick up significant yardage. Gibbs is an electric slashing back that only needs a small opening to take what should be a minimal gain for an explosive offensive play.
As a pass-catcher, Gibbs is versatile in how he can be utilized. Out of the backfield, Gibbs can run wheel routes, angle routes, and option routes effectively with an in-depth understanding of spacing and how to create separation. Gibbs also has the ability to either start in the backfield and motion out to a wide receiver alignment or start the play at the wide receiver alignment and run effective routes. Gibbs’ route-running is nuanced and detailed in that he can separate from defensive backs running traditional routes on the route tree. Gibbs has natural hands as a pass-catcher that can be utilized as a traditional receiver in situations
The concerns for Gibbs as a prospect center around his size. Gibbs, listed at 200 pounds, doesn’t appear to have the size of a traditional feature back and may need a heavier back to partner with him to limit the amount of wear and tear on his frame. Because of his size, Gibbs also appears to struggle with pass protection and providing an element of physicality to stop rushers from getting to the quarterback
Overall, Gibbs is a dynamic running back that should be considered an offensive weapon. His playmaking ability as a running back and as a pass-catcher makes him a mismatch. For teams looking for an explosive playmaker, Gibbs has the opportunity to fill a traditional and nontraditional running back role.
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- Value as a receiver
Top Reasons For Concern:
- Size concern to be a three-down running back
- Pass protection
Size (NFL Combine):
Weight: 199 lbs
Arm Length: 30 1/2”
Hand Size: 9 1/4”
Athletic Testing (NFL Combine):
40-yard Dash: 4.36s
Vertical Jump: 33.5”
Broad Jump: TBD
Bench Reps: TBD
Ideal Role: Starting running back heavily utilized in the passing game
Scheme Fit: Scheme versatile
TDN Consensus Grade: 87.00/100 (First-Round Value)
- Sanchez Grade: 87.00/100
Written By: Keith Sanchez
Exposures: Texas (2022), Tennessee (2022), LSU (2022), Kansas State (2022)
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