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5 things to know about newest Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins

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The Baltimore Ravens rushed for more yards in 2019 than any team in NFL history. In the current pass-heavy era the NFL finds itself in, the Ravens' commitment to their rushing attack is unheard of. But with Lamar Jackson at the helm, Baltimore has committed to dominating on the ground. The Ravens are zigging, while the rest of the league is zagging.

That trend continued with the selection of J.K. Dobbins at pick no. 55 overall. Dobbins spent the last few seasons starring for the Ohio State Buckeyes, making this the second straight pick the Ravens have spent on a player from a premier program.

Here are five things to know about the newest member of the Ravens' rushing attack.

1. He set records at a program known for elite running backs

Playing at a school with past players like two-time Heismann Trophy winner Archie Griffin, Zeke Elliott, Eddie George, Beanie Wells and Carlos Hyde, Dobbins did things no one ever had. He became the first Buckeye to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. He was also the first running back to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a single season.

Dobbins also has the most games in school history with 150 rushing yards - 13. In just three years, he finished second all-time in Ohio State career rushing yards, behind only Griffin. 

He also finished with the ninth-most yards from scrimmage in NCAA history (since 1956). Any way you slice it, Dobbins' collegiate career was one for the record books.

 

2. He excels at running out of the shotgun formation

With Lamar Jackson at quarterback, the Ravens run more shotgun and pistol formations than any other team. Because of this, they've targeted runners who are capable of running out of these formations. Dobbins is an extension of that.

According to Sports Info Solutions' tracking data, Dobbins rushed for the second-most yards in the country in 2019 out of the shotgun - 260 carries, 1,755 yards, 18 touchdowns, 6.8 yards-per-carry, better number than most rushers have the whole year. 

Last season, the Ravens had the player with the most, second-most, and fifth-most yards from shotgun. Now, they're adding another player whose skillset fits their style perfectly. 

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3. He made his mark against the toughest possible competition

Dobbins played in the Big Ten in one of college football's strongest divisions. According to some analytics, he faced literally the toughest schedule of any running back in the country last season, and he still rushed for over 2,000 yards.

A lot of times, college football players are able to beef up their stats against a cupcake schedule. Dobbins set his records against the best.

4. He's durable, but has a lot of miles on his tires

Dobbins started 40 of the 42 games he played in his college career, and after suffering a season-ending injury his senior year of high school, he never missed a single game at Ohio State. Of course, that means he has a lot of rushing attempts on his legs.

Dobbins ran the ball 725 times, catching 71 other passes as well. That's nearly 800 touches. Thankfully for Dobbins and the Ravens, he won't have to shoulder too heavy of a load with Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, Justice Hill and even Lamar Jackson in the Baltimore backfield.

5. His name does not stand for "Just Kidding"

"J.K." is a nickname for Dobbins, short for his full name "J'Kaylin."

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