In the right system, Hill could develop into a valuable complementary running back
Teams looking to give their backfield a boost will have plenty of running back options to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Kylin Hill. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on Hill.
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Kylin Hill Draft Profile
College: Mississippi State
Hill is a slashing, thrashing runner who breaks tackles at the second level and seeks out contact. He will punish tacklers when finishing runs. He’s a springy athlete who shows good explosiveness once he plants his foot and goes, and he flashes the jump cut to make defenders miss on occasion. He is a quality receiver out of the backfield, with reliable hands and the ability to transition to a runner and eat up yardage quickly in space, and he has the size to hold up as a pass protector.
He doesn’t offer much in the way of elusiveness, an issue at the next level where he won’t break tackles with as much frequency as he did at the college level. He isn’t a home-run hitter and won’t deliver much in the way of big plays.
Hill fits best in a one-cut system that will allow him to get going downhill, build up steam and punish defenders; he fits as a closer. He has enough passing-game skills to stick around as a committee back, and he could emerge as a lead back.
Final Grade: 4th/5th round