The Jacksonville Jaguars could use depth at running back.
Barring a surprising and unexpected change, James Robinson is the Jaguars’ starting running back going into next season. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t look to add another running back in the 2021 NFL Draft. Khalil Herbert is an exciting running back prospect and is not talked about in the draft community enough.
Khalil Herbert originally got his start with the Kansas Jayhawks but was often overshadowed during his time there, more specifically by Pooka Williams Jr. At Kansas, he rushed for 1,735 yards and 14 touchdowns and averaged 5.4 yards per attempt.
Herbert then joined the Virginia Tech Hokies football team as a graduate transfer before the 2020 season. At Virginia Tech, Herbert’s talent and achievements were finally recognizable. He rushed for 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020 and averaged a whopping 7.6 yards per attempt.
Khalil Herbert would be a talented add for the Jaguars.
Khalil Herbert is a typical one-cut running back with great vision. This means he sees the opening and immediately pounces through it using his excellent speed and acceleration to beat the defenders to the second level of the field.
Another area Herbert is really strong in is contact balance. Contact balance is key for a running back. He has to have control over his body, keep his feet, and fight for extra yards. These abilities are what make Herbert a versatile and agile runner and an exciting draft prospect.
Khalil Herbert will be attending the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on January 30, 2021. This will be an incredible opportunity for Herbert to showcase his talent and potentially increase his draft stock. The one area Herbert still lies unproven is in the passing game. If he can make a serious effort to show he can catch consistently out of the backfield, his draft stock could skyrocket.