Josh Jacobs reveals he chose NFL draft-night shoes with Raiders in mind


Josh Jacobs' NFL dream came true Thursday night when the Raiders selected him with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The do-it-all Alabama running back likely would have been happy with whichever team drafted him, but he chose his attire with the Silver and Black in mind.

Jacobs arrived on the red carpet in Nashville, Tenn., wearing black shoes with silver studs on them.

It turns out, Jacobs had a feeling that Raiders coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock might call his name.

"The shoes I was wearing were kind of designed to go to Oakland," Jacobs told NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco on Friday. "And it just happened to play out that way, so it was definitely dope."

With Marshawn Lynch reportedly retiring for the second time in three seasons, Jacobs is expected to become the Raiders' featured back this season.

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Jacobs starred at Alabama this past season, becoming the star of the Crimson Tide's crowded backfield. He's a powerful runner who's also a weapon in the passing game and great at pass protection.

The 21-year-old Tulsa, Okla., native has overcome a lot of adversity in his life, but he's turned his challenges into a positive, and is ready to get to Oakland.

"I'm looking forward to just learning my players -- about my teammates," Jacobs told Maiocco. "Just going to work these days and seeing what I can bring to the team."

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