J. K. Dobbins
|No. 27 – Baltimore Ravens|
|Born:||December 17, 1998|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||212 lb (96 kg)|
|High school:||La Grange (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2020|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
J'Kaylin "J. K." Dobbins (born December 17, 1998) is an American football running back for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State and was drafted by the Ravens in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Dobbins attended La Grange High School in La Grange, Texas. During his high school football career, he had 5,149 yards and 74 touchdowns. He rushed for 2,243 yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore and 2,740 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior. He played in only one game his senior year due to an injury. Despite his injury, Dobbins was a highly-touted four-star prospect, and received over twenty scholarship offers from Power Five conferences. All major recruiting websites ranked him in the top five among his 2017 class for his position and in the top ten for players from the state of Texas. 247Sports and ESPN.com ranked him as a top-50 recruit in the country.[note 1] After some speculation that he would sign with Texas or Oklahoma, Dobbins committed to Ohio State University to play college football.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Houston, TX||La Grange (TX)||5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)||196 lb (89 kg)||4.44||Mar 6, 2016|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN: ESPN grade: 86|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Rivals: 66 247Sports: 46 ESPN: 44|
In his first game at Ohio State in 2017, Dobbins rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries against Indiana. Dobbins had earned the start over the returning 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Mike Weber who was recovering from an injury. In his first season, he eclipsed 100 rushing yards in six games and became only the fourth freshman in Ohio State history to eclipse the 1,000 yard rushing mark in a season. During the 2017 Big Ten Football Championship Game, Dobbins overtook Maurice Clarett for the most rushing yards by a Freshman with his 174-yard, MVP performance. During a 24–7 Cotton Bowl Classic win against USC, Dobbins set the Freshman rushing record at 1,403 yards.
Despite a record-setting 2017 season , Dobbins' would once again split time with Weber during his Sophomore year. The time split paired with Dwayne Haskins' award-winning performance at quarterback lead to a decrease in productivity for Dobbins. He ended the season with 1,053 yards rushing, but remained the team's leading rusher. Notably, he had his first 200+ yard rushing game against Maryland.
In 2019, Dobbins would enter his Junior season with high expectations. These expectations were met when he went on to gain 100+ yards in ten games during the season. This included a four-touchdown performance against Michigan that stemmed from 211 yards rushing. He finished his season as the only Buckeye in history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, passing Eddie George. Dobbins was a Doak Walker Award finalist and finished sixth for the Heisman Trophy. He was named First Team All-Big Ten and First Team All-American as an All-Purpose player by the Football Writers Association of America.
On December 30, 2019, Dobbins announced his intention to forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. He left Ohio State with a total of 4,459 yards rushing, which makes him second all time. He won four Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Awards, three Big Ten titles and two bowl games.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||Bench press|
|5 ft 9+1⁄2 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Dobbins was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 55th overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens previously traded tight end Hayden Hurst to the Atlanta Falcons to acquire the pick used on Dobbins.
In his NFL debut against the Cleveland Browns on September 13, 2020, Dobbins scored his first two career rushing touchdowns in a 38–6 victory in Week 1. In Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had his first 100-yard rushing game with 15 carries for 113 rushing yards in the 28–24 loss. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 23, 2020, and activated on December 4. In Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Dobbins rushed for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns during the 38–3 win.
- ESPN only ranks the top 300 players in a given recruiting class.
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- Harrison, Phil (December 15, 2019). "Ohio State ends up with three of the top six in Heisman voting". Buckeyes Wire. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
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- "J.K. Dobbins Sports Reference Statistics". Sports Reference. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
- "J.K. Dobbins Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
- Williams, Charean (April 24, 2020). "Ravens select Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins". NBC Sports. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
- Harrison, Phil (September 13, 2020). "J.K. Dobbins scores first career NFL touchdown". Buckeyes Wire. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
- "Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens - November 1st, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
- Mink, Ryan (November 23, 2020). "Ravens Place Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins, Brandon Williams on Reserve/COVID-19 List". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
- Brown, Clifton (December 4, 2020). "Ravens Activate Four From Reserve/COVID-19 List". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
- "Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals - January 3rd, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
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