Alabama runs back Jahmyr Gibbs fits what a number of NFL teams are looking for, with its ability to be a next-level three-down back. But ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said he doesn’t see Gibbs as a first-round pick like some do.
“You have to like it Jahmyr Gibbs, and it’s perfect for the way the game is played now,” Kiper said. “The (Alvin) Kamara comparison – I hate comps, they’re ridiculous, but the Kamara comp has been around for a while, Todd (McShay). Where did Kamara go? He went into the third round. And he was a guy who went to Alabama, Tennessee. Jahmyr Gibbs? Georgia Tech, then Alabama. … (Kamara) would certainly be one you would take to the top. But look at the drop – was it the game in Tennessee where they had a chip shot field goal to win the game didn’t happen. So Gibbs had that rare drop, but he’s a really good receiver out of the backfield. Lightning fast – that is Jahmyr Gibbs.
“I think this kid certainly deserves to be a part of the second round of discussion DeWayne McBride also by UAB and others,” said Kiper. “But I think the first lap just pushes it a little bit. Todd, you talk to these teams — every time I bring up a running back, no, they’ve been knocked down in terms of the first round. This is not a question. Started this ball rolling 20 years ago and it’s already happening, for almost everyone. Bijan Robinson goes, I think, first round. Jahmyr Gibbs, I think would be – almost put him in, but I just couldn’t find a team. There are priorities in other places where you know you can get a really good rewind – like a Sean Tucker from Syracuse is a good, Tyjae Spears von Tulane is a really good soccer player. So there will be backs that will fall fourth, fifth, sixth round that could be as good or better than the guys going higher.
Gibbs was mentioned in other first-round mock drafts.
Gibbs co-signed Georgia Tech as the No. 4 running back and No. 44 overall player in the 2020 247Sports league table. He rushed for 460 yards and had 303 yards as a freshman, scoring seven combined touchdowns. And he broke out with a better chance over 12 games as a sophomore, rushing for 746 yards and catching 35 passes for 465 yards.
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That prompted Gibbs to transfer to Alabama, where he showed he was a playmaker at his new station as well. Gibbs averaged a career-high 6.1 yards per carry, rushed 151 times for 926 yards and had seven touchdowns. He also caught 44 passes for 444 yards and three touchdowns.