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Ravens Select RB J.K. Dobbins with No. 55 pick in NFL Draft

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The Baltimore Ravens selected RB J.K. Dobbins with the 55th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Born in Texas, Dobbins was a four-star prospect after a terrific career as a running back at La Grange High School. After piling up 2,740 rushing yards and 35 TD as a junior for the Leopards, Dobbins played just one game as a senior due to an ankle injury.

Dobbins entered the 2020 NFL Draft following a record-setting career at Ohio State. He posted a school-record 1,403 rushing yards as a true-freshman starter for the Buckeyes in 2017. After slipping back some in 2018 with just 1,053 rushing yards, he set a Buckeyes team record with 2,003 rushing yards during his final season in 2019. Dobbins finished his career with 4,459 rushing yards, 796 receiving yards and 43 TD. A versatile back, Dobbins is an NFL-ready prospect and will be fun to watch at the next level.

An extremely physical runner, Dobbins consistently aimed to make opponents pay for attempted tackles with stiff-arms and lowered shoulders. He’s not the biggest running back, but he makes up for it with a sturdy frame and a gritty attitude. He is also a patient runner with terrific anticipation of how the blocking in front of him will take shape. He’s slippery and, because he runs with a low center of gravity, bringing him down is much easier said than done. His over/under draft position was set at 49.5 by the bookmakers at FanDuel.

Here’s why SI’s Kevin Hanson ranked Dobbins as the No. 33 overall player on his big board:

Possessing excellent vision and balance, Dobbins broke Eddie George’s single-season school rushing record in 2019. Dobbins is a complete back that has been productive as a receiver (22-plus catches in all three seasons) and competes well in pass protection as well.

2019 stats (Junior; Ohio State): 2,003 rush yards, 21 TD, 247 receiving yards, 2 TD, (14 games)

2018 stats (Sophomore; Ohio State): 1,053 rush yards, 10 TD, 263 receiving yards, 2 TD (14 games)

2017 stats (Freshman; Ohio State): 1,403 rush yards, 7 TD, 135 receiving yards, 1 TD (14 games)

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