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2020 NFL Draft Profile: AJ Dillon

2020 NFL Draft Profile: AJ Dillon

2020 NFL Draft Profile: AJ Dillon

AJ Dillon is one of the bigger running backs that should hear his name called in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. His size should benefit him as he makes the transition to the pros but it also could limit his appeal to some teams based on what they are looking for in a running back. But in the right offense, Dillon could become a valuable contributor as part of a timeshare.

AJ Dillon Draft Profile

College: Boston College
Class: Jr.
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 245

Strong Points

He was a man among boys in college, and at his size, it won’t be much different for Dillon in the NFL. He’s a massive back who has the pure power to simply steamroll defenders at the second and third level. He’s a long strider with deceptive straight-line speed, and if he gets a head of steam coming out of the backfield, he can break off long runs.

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Weak Points

A lack of twitch limits him as far as what most teams look for in 2020. He’ll take a little while to get going, and he’s a fairly straight-line runner (with the exception of the occasional spin). That makes him reliant on his blocking to create running lanes for him to take advantage of. He’s been a non-factor in the passing game at the collegiate level and figures to be little more than a checkdown option in the NFL.

Summary

He has a little bit of Derrick Henry in him, though his feet aren’t quite as good. Dillon won’t appeal to everyone, but a team that gets under center sometimes and runs some power will be getting a useful — and perhaps at times dominant — committee back.

Final Grade: 3rd/4th round

Year

G

ATT

YDS

YPC

TDS

REC

YDS

TDS

2017

13

300

1,589

5.3

14

0

0

0

2018

10

227

1,108

4.9

10

8

41

1

2019

12

318

1,685

5.3

14

13

195

1

Career

35

845

4,382

5.2

38

21

236

2

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