5. J.K. Dobbins
This is a cheaper method than trading for or looking for a running back via free agency, and that is drafting J.K. Dobbins from the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. There is a solid chance that Dobbins will still be on the board at 57th overall, and if he is, well, Dobbins might just be too much for the Texans to pass up when their turn rolls around.
Dobbins didn’t run the 40-yard dash or test in the jumps for shuttle events, but did have 23 reps on the 225 pound bench press. The 5-9, 209-pound running back measured at 29-3/4 inch arms and 9-1/2 inch hands.
In ’19, Dobbins has 301 rushes for 2,003 yards wit 21 touchdowns, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. Dobbins also made 23 receipts for 247 yards, averaging 10.7 yards per reception, with two touchdowns.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com believes Dobbins can be a starter in the NFL, writing the following about the Ohio State running back:
"“He has the efficiency, production and third-down value teams covet. Dobbins could land a shared-carries role quickly and has the potential to become a solid NFL starter.”"
Dobbins has an excellent chance to succeed in the NFL, and joining the Texans could be an excellent landing spot for him, pairing him up with Duke Johnson for the aforementioned rushing duo.