NFL DRAFT PROFILE: Jahmyr Gibbs RB/Alabama

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Alabama Crimson Tide running back Jahmyr Gibbs (1) runs the ball against the Kansas State Wildcats during the first half in the 2022 Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome. Photo | Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

Jahmyr Gibbs

  • Position: HB
  • School: Alabama
  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 200

Background

  • Former Georgia Tech transfer

  • 2021 All-ACC at three different positions (All Purpose Back, Specialist, and Running Back) 
  • 4-Star ranking out of high school by 247 Sports
  • 2022 stats: 6.1 yards per carry, 926 yards, and seven touchdowns. Also caught 44 balls for 444 yards and three touchdowns.

 

Strengths

  • Big-time receiving threat whether out of the backfield or from the slot.
  • Good route runner with excellent suddenness and twitch when setting up linebackers and even safeties that climb down into the slot.
  • Not easy to bring down, generates power in short space very quickly, which helps him in short-yardage situations despite his 200lb frame.
  • Very fluid and natural runner, has instincts when he’s boxed in that you can’t teach.
  • Shows tremendous, short-area quickness, flexibility, and agility in making defenders miss.
  • Fast and decisive in space once he reaches the second level.

  • Has legit long speed, a bit of a strider, but reaches top speed quickly. Knows how to utilize angles and take the corner on most linebackers.
  • For a fast back, he has an innate ability to gauge his speed in the open field. Sets up defenders well and gets to his second gear when needed.
  • Consistent at making the first defender miss, which is a telling sign of the level of reflexes, initial quickness, explosion, and natural instincts.
  • Vision through chaos, finds yards when there are no yards. Trusting his eyes and knowing how to find space paired with elite lateral movement and solid contact balance aids him in maximizing every carry. 

 

Weaknesses 

  • Pass Protection needs to improve, has moments of not scanning the field and missing assignments.
  • Technique in pass pro could also use some refinement, struggles with breaking down and taking on blocks.
  • Running between the tackles! Does not possess the typical dense and sturdy frame desired. 

 

Overview

By the time the NFL Draft comes around Gibbs will be only 21 years old and not have nearly the wear and tear on his body as some of the more seasoned “between the tackle” backs have in this class. He may never become the consistent three-down workhorse. That’s due to his size, and just being fair to him, he was rarely given those “between the tackle” carries at Alabama. However, he is a very dynamic and versatile playmaker that is a threat to score from any down and distance. He’s not just a running back you can dump the ball off to, but a true threat in the passing game on any play, and an overall offensive weapon that defenses must account for on every snap. Gibbs’ skillset is spot on with what NFL offenses are searching for today, and it’s not out of the realm of an NFL team valuing Gibbs higher than others in this year’s class.