In this 2018 NFL Draft Profile, we look at the strengths, weaknesses, and highlights of running back Bo Scarbrough out of Alabama University and if he makes sense for the New York Jets.
Scarbrough is considered a very talented running back in the 2018 NFL Draft from many NFL insiders. Scarbrough has an NFL ready skill set and should be a successful player in the league. Many teams are interested in him and with his skill set, will improve any roster thanks to everything he brings to the table.
For how big Scarbrough is, he reminds people of Derrick Henry. He enters the draft 6-1 and weighs in at 232 pounds. For how Henry ran, Scarbrough is the same way but even tougher. Scarbrough almost replicates him the same way he plays the position with his power and speed.
Scarbrough is able to absorb solid hits and is able to keep the run alive. When he is in the open field he is like a runaway train for how fast he is. He is very comfortable making reads and making adjustments when it is needed. He has very good decision-making skills on how much distance is between him and the defender.
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He accepts and cherishes when a challenge is brought upon him in making big plays. He is able to keep up his steady play with up-tempo offenses. He has been able to stay healthy because of not having a heavy workload in the multiple running backs Alabama has used.
Scarbrough leads by example and holds everyone accountable for their actions. He is able to create extra yardage through his power and speed on long running plays or pass plays.
If he wants to be successful in the NFL Scarbrough will need to fix his running style and to correct his pass blocking skills. He needs to develop much more strength in his lower body for dealing with injuries through his football career. He tries to do too much before anything develops in his vision.
When he is on the second level his vision, it’s very narrow and does not see things around him. He needs to embrace his abilities and use them at the right time. He needs to learn how to lay down the hammer and use his shoulders more and less of his feet on short-yardage plays.
For being a very talented player, Scarbrough has the ability to handle anything that is thrown at him. It seems like he has the old school running back style but it won’t work in this modern NFL style of football. He is, in my opinion, a 3rd or early fourth rounder. The New York Jets are already set at running back as it’s likely they won’t be selecting one in this year’s draft.