2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs brings a unique skill set.  Here we analyze how his game will transition to the NFL.
Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs brings a unique skill set. Here we analyze how his game will transition to the NFL.

Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs brings a unique skill set. Here we analyze how his game will transition to the NFL.

Jahmyr Gibbs spent two prolific seasons at Georgia Tech before moving to Alabama for the season.

overview

Date of birth: 03/20/2002 (20.8)

Fanfield.io

Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 200 pounds

High School: Dalton (Dalton, GA)

Recruit: Class of 2020 – #76 Natl #8 RB

2022 stats: 151 Att 926 yards 7 TD 38 MTF 44 Rec 444 yards 3 TD

PFF score 2022: 80.2

2021 stats: 143 Att 746 yards 4 TD 34 MTF 36 Rec 470 yards 2 TD

PFF score 2021: 88.4

Strengthen

  • ability to receive
    • Trusted weapon in the passing game
      • Good Hands – 2 career drops on 123 targets.
      • Can be set up as a receiver: 33 slot snaps – 10th in FBS for RBs, 44 wide snaps – 4th in FBS for RBs.
    • Elusive with ball in his hands
      • 19 missed tackles forced on catches – 2nd in FBS for RBs.
      • With his speed and ability to change speeds, he’s difficult for defenders to get their hands on.
    • Proven track record
      • 2022 Alabama: 44 rec 444 yards 3 TD- 444 yds is 3rd in FBS for RBs
      • 2021 Georgia Tech: 36 Rec 470 Yards 2 TD- 470 Yds is 1st in FBS for RBs
      • 2020 Georgia Tech: 23 Rec 301 yards 3 TD- 301 Yds is 9th in FBS for RBs
  • volatility
    • Acceleration/Burst
      • The ability to change speeds is among the best for an RB in this class.
      • Forces defenders not even to get their hands on him, even if they have a good angle to attack him.
      • Not only fast, but very fast – important properties for RBs.
      • The ability to go from 0 to 100 is remarkable.
  • Open field speed
    • Great playing ability
      • Home run hitter type of back much appreciated in today’s game.
      • Jahmyr Gibbs recorded 12 plays from 40+ yards in his career.
    • breakaway speed
      • Among the best for RBs in this class.
      • Can separate from some DBs in open field, impressive speed.
  • cutback ability
    • Indicates good vision
      • Knows when and where to make cuts to get into the open field.
      • Hits holes created by the offensive line with good burst/acceleration.

weaknesses

  • physicality as a runner
    • power
      • Not good at walking through contact.
      • Usually makes defenders miss quickly and elusively, unlike might.
    • breaking tackles
      • Doesn’t force missed tackles at a super high rate compared to other top defenders in this tier and last year’s tier.
        • Jahmyr Gibbs: 35 MTF to 136 Att – 26%
        • Bijan Robinson: 104 MTF 257 Att- 41%
        • Breece Hall 2021: 76 MTF to 251 Att- 30%
        • Ken Walker 2021: 88 MTF at 262 Att- 34%
  • All backwards?
    • Role in the NFL backfield
      • Just 20+ carries in three of 30 career games.
      • 136 wears last season: Not much compared to other backs.
        • Bijan Robinson wears 257, Blake Corum wears 248
      • It’s doubtful he can be the focus of an NFL offense.
      • Can probably excel in a split backfield but won’t be a 20+ carry, any backfield type
    • RB value?
      • The positional value of RBs is decreasing in today’s NFL.
      • Last four drafts: 4 RBs in the first round.
      • Draft 2022: No RBs boarded in the first round.
      • How does this affect Gibbs’ draft stock?

Jahmyr Gibbs RB Alabama: Final Review

Pos Rank: RB2

Projection: middle of the second round

Jahmyr Gibbs can add a lot of value to an offense in a split backfield with his reception and big-play ability.






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