After not spending their massive amount of cap space on a running back and not signing Jay Ajayi after hosting him. The Indianapolis Colts brought in Alabama running back Josh Jacobs for the day.
General manager Chris Ballard has already done a great job drafting young talent who can contribute right away. Whether it is solidifying the offensive line with Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith. Or drafting the face of the defense for the next 10 years in Darius Leonard. Throwing Jacobs to the mix will only add to the myriad of young talent on the roster.
What should be very enticing about drafting Jacobs, other than his ability to catch out of the backfield, is the lack of tread on his tires. One criticism of Alabama running backs in the past has been that they come into the NFL already beaten up and with nagging injuries because of the workload.
But Jacobs does not fall into that group. He has just 251 rushes in three seasons with Alabama and averaged 5.9 yards per attempt. Normally the lack of touches/playing time may turn franchises away, but when you are competing at a school with the talent of Alabama you know there was a good reason for him splitting carries.
The Colts currently own the 26th pick in the draft and there is a good shot that Jacobs will still be around by the time their pick comes around.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77