The Raiders have their Marshawn Lynch insurance.
With Lynch pondering retirement, according to ESPN, the Raiders drafted Alabama running back Josh Jacobs with the 24th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. Jon Gruden and Co. used the pick acquired in the Khalil Mack trade to plug a potential hole if Lynch, who has spent two seasons with the club, decides to make it official and walk away.
The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Jacobs carried the ball 120 times for 640 yards (5.3 average) and 11 touchdowns during his junior season at Alabama. He caught 20 passes for 247 yard and three scores and was also used as a kick returner (30.6 yards average). Jacobs was the MVP of the 2018 SEC Championship with 86 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. NFL.com’s analysis compared him to Sony Michel of the Patriots.
Lynch, 33, played just six games last year because of a groin injury, rushing for 376 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders, whose backfield also includes, ex-Jet Isaiah Crowell, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren, took Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 pick and safety Johnathan Abram from Mississippi State at No. 27.