While the running back position has been devalued in recent seasons, teams will still pay a premium if the back is talented enough. And the 2020 NFL Draft class features a crop of hyper-talented running backs.
One such name is Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins, who looks like one of the best RBs in the class. With that in mind, let's take a look at the three most likely destinations for the Buckeyes' bell cow.
1. Houston Texans (No. 57)
While the Houston Texans have a ton of top-tier talent, they do still have some notable holes. Few would refer to running back as their biggest weakness, but it is undoubtedly a need. With Carlos Hyde set to enter free agency, Houston could turn to the NFL Draft to find his replacement. The Texans don't have a first-round pick, but Dobbins could prove too talented for the team to pass on if he's still on the board at No. 57.
2. Miami Dolphins
Like Houston, the Miami Dolphins have a ton of holes on their roster. Most notably, quarterback. But armed with three first-round picks, Miami can afford to address its primary needs and still patch up some other holes on the roster in the second round. And considering the Dolphins had the NFL's lowest-ranked rushing attack, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, an upgrade at RB is certainly needed. With two second-round picks (No. 39, No. 56), Miami could target a talent like Dobbins in either spot.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
With Ben Roethlisberger hopefully healthy set to enter his age-38 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers could use a strong running game to take some pressure off his plate. While they lost their first-round pick in the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade, taking Dobbins at No. 49 could do wonders for this offense. James Conner has been impressive when on the field, but he's missed a combined nine games over the past two seasons. Drafting Dobbins could be a good way to ensure Roethlisberger and Conners stay healthy next season.
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