The Oakland Raiders have selected Alabama running back Josh Jacobs with the No. 24 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Earlier in the draft, the Raiders addressed their pass rush by taking Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell so head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have now decided to address the offensive side of the ball.
In 40 games at Alabama, Jacobs had 251 carries for 1491 rushing yards and 48 receptions for 571 receiving yards and 21 total touchdowns.
Jacobs played in 15 games in 2018 and had 640 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He also caught 20 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns.
With Marshawn Lynch retiring and Doug Martin not expected to return in free agency, running back was a clear need for Oakland in the draft. They also brought in free agent running back Isaiah Crowell and re-signed Jalen Richard to compliment Jacobs.
Jacobs is a power back that will help give the Raiders offense a clear identity moving forward. Between him and Richard, the Raiders should be set a the running back position for a long time.