The New Orleans Saints have the 24th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft; could they use that pick to draft Ohio State running back, J.K. Dobbins?
I know what your first thought is. How could you even write something like this the New Orleans Saints already have Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray? I know that fact, but hear me out on this possibility of the Ohio State running back.
You’re also right, the New Orleans Saints have other needs that need to be filled in the draft, and the last thing we need is to add another running back to an already stacked roster of running backs on the Saints team.
However, next year, Alvin Kamara’s rookie contract will be up and the New Orleans Saints will be looking at having to give Kamara a max contract which will take up a lot of their cap space that is needed to go to other role players to keep the team good.
The New Orleans Saints could easily draft Dobbins and have Dobbins play the Kamara role until his rookie contract is up if they opted to not want to pursue Alvin Kamara any further after his rookie contract is up next season.
Kamara and Marshon Lattimore will both need new contracts soon.
J.K. Dobbins has the elite ability that Ohio State has not seen since Ezekiel Elliot. Alvin Kamara is not a conventional running back. He sees most of his yardage through the air. The Saints have a unique opportunity to draft a downhill runner like Zeke.
Dobbins is a 5-foot-10 216-pound monster running back. He averaged 6.7 yards per carrying in 2019 and went for 2,003 yards with 21 touchdowns in arguably the toughest conference in college football. He has NFL size, strength, and ability already.
If J.K. Dobbins ends up being as good or better than Ezekiel Elliot on the professional stage than the Saints will look like the genius’ of the draft, after all, the did get Kamara in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
No matter what your opinion on Kamara, Dobbins could be an extreme asset to the New Orleans Saints and Sean Payton.
While this possibility is a long-shot, the Saints shouldn’t completely rule out this possibility while addressing other problems in free agency and later in the draft.