Ravens HC John Harbaugh on drafting J.K. Dobbins: 'I didn't love the school he comes from but I like everything else'
One of Jim Harbaugh’s biggest enemies will be playing for his brother in Baltimore.
Friday night, the Baltimore Ravens drafted Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins with the 55th pick of the draft. Despite being considered one of the top ball carriers in the draft, Dobbins slipped to the late second round before hearing his name called.
It worked out perfectly for Baltimore, which has a policy to draft the best player available, regardless of position. When it came to the Buckeye running back, there were just too many positives to pass on the opportunity, even if it meant John Harbaugh had to draft a player from his brother’s rival school.
Speaking with ESPN on Saturday, John Harbaugh admitted that he isn’t a fan of where Dobbins played his college ball. However, the skill set he brings to the NFL is just too good.
“Well I didn’t love the school he comes from but I liked everything else about him” Harbaugh said of Dobbins. “He was right there, probably our top-rated running back. Just such an explosive, downhill runner. He has lateral cut ability. I think we added a lot of speed and he’s a big part of that.”
Dobbins had a remarkable three-year career at Ohio State, capped by a 2,003-yard, 21-touchdown season in 2019. He helped lead the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record, a third-straight B1G title and, of course, an eighth-straight victory over Michigan.
Baltimore’s selection of Dobbins is a bit curious, considering they’ve got a loaded backfield already. But Dobbins does have explosive playmaking capability, and there’s a chance he could work himself into the rotation early in his career.