Drew Boylhart March 2008

Jacob Hester   FB   LSU



Jacob is a smart, instinctive, "do anything to make the play" type of football player.  He makes the players around him better and shows excellent leadership skills through his play on the field.  Jacob has some solid RB skills and shows good hands out of the backfield.  He is the best RB in this draft at blocking and picking up a blitzing LB.  On the field, Jacob is like having another QB in the backfield.  He is the type of player that, the more positions he can play, the more he will affect the game.  At the end of the day, Jacob has usually made a play or two that has kept a drive going.  You can count on it.  I suspect that Jacob will be an excellent special teams player and that alone makes him very draftable.      



Jacob does not have the true athletic talent to play at the next level.  He is not fast enough to be a RB.  He is not big enough to be a FB.  He is not strong enough to block on the line as a TE.  Jacob does not show very good lateral agility and it does not look like his body type can handle too much more weight than he is carrying right now.  In spite of all of this, I would not hesitate to draft Jacob for my team.      



When I was a kid, there was a player who played for the then Baltimore Colts.  His name was Tom Matte.  Look him up and you will see he had a very productive career.  In fact, there were a couple of games that because of Tom's intelligence, the Colts were forced to use him at QB.  He could not throw the ball, but he could run the team on the field.  Jacob reminds me a lot of Tom Matte.  He has that same ability to do what is needed to be done at the exact time that it impacts a game.  It's not a flashy play, but it is a play that will keep the chains moving.  I'm not sure if Jacob can keep this sort of unique ability up at the next level they way he did at the college level, but I know it is worth a late round pick to see if he can.  Jacob's lack of talent cannot be exploited by his opponents because he is not handling the ball on every play like a QB does.  I suspect his real impact will be on special teams, but I also think that if you need a yard on fourth or third down you can call on Jacob to get the job done.  You can use him as a RB, FB or H-back because Jacob understands situational football and team concept.  I know he can play special teams and I would believe that he could be one of your captains for you.  In fact, it would not surprise me to see him on the other side of the ball as a specialty pass rusher or in a safety specialty situation.  Why do I think this?  Because there are times that his opponents take him for granted when he comes on the field because of his lack of pure athletic talent.  Like I said, he reminds me a lot of Tom Matte who had the same abilities as Jacob has.  Jacob will be a fan favorite, a coach favorite and a core player for the team that drafts him.