Bo Scarbrough: 2018 NFL Draft Prospect

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Bo Scarbrough

Bo Scarbrough got a new offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll. Read how Daboll could increase Bo Scarbrough’s 2018 NFL draft status.

College: Alabama #9Alabama Crimson Tide

Position: Running Back

Height: 6-2

Weight: 228

40 Time: 4.53


  • Academically ineligible to play 2014 season.
  • Tore ACL in spring ball, 2015.
  • Played behind Heisman Trophy winner, Derrick Henry, in 2015.
  • Left off of AP and SEC Country All-SEC team.
  • Is a top candidate for the 2017 Heisman Trophy. USC quarterback, Sam Darnold, tops the list.
  • New Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, is returning to the college game after 17 years in the NFL.

NFL Draft Board Breakdown

The NFL Draft Board.

Bo Scarbrough is not a shoe in for the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. Scarbrough’s first hurdle is just establishing himself as the Crimson Tide’s feature back. Damien Harris led Alabama in rushing in 2016.

In the preseason, the NFL Draft Board estimates Bo Scarbrough as a late first round draft choice in the 2018 NFL draft.

The New Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Coordinator, Brian Daboll.

Another challenge for Scarbrough is the new offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll. Looking at Brian Daboll’s history, he served as offensive coordinator in the NFL as well as working in the passing game with receivers.

Under Steve Sarkisian, Damien Harris caught 14 passes in 2016, and Bo Scarbrough only caught four passes. If Daboll shifts the Alabama Crimson Tide to a pro style offense, especially one from a coach that has a receiver coach background, look for more production from the running backs in the passing game.

Interesting Note: Nick Saban is a pound the ball, ball control minded head coach that failed in the NFL. Bringing in an NFL coach in might not fit with Nick Saban’s coaching philosophy. Keep an eye out to see the changes in the Alabama Crimson Tide’s offense.

The first question is who will be the Alabama quarterback. While Aaron Suttles of the Tuscaloosa News say Jalen Hurts is the quarterback, period, dot. Rainer Sabin of thinks Tua Tagovailoa will challenge Hurts for the starting quarterback position because Hurts showed shortcomings in progression and downfield passes. Sabin contends that Hurts regressed as the season progressed.

Either way, the Alabama Crimson Tide should expect some growing pains on the offensive side of the ball in the 2017 season.

Why Brian Daboll is Good for Bo Scarbrough’s Draft Chances

Because Brian Daboll comes from the NFL game, Bo Scarbrough might get the chance to display his pass catching abilities. And, the NFL loves running backs that catch more than four passes a season.

Although Bo Scarbrough is on the NFL Draft Board, he still needs to prove himself in 2017. He is not a lock for the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.

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