AJ Dillon NFL Draft 2020: Scouting Report for Green Bay Packers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 25, 2020

Boston College running back AJ Dillon (2) runs as Pittsburgh defensive back Jazzee Stocker (7) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Boston College won 26-19. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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RB AJ Dillon, Boston College

   

STRENGTHS

—A rare weight and speed combination at 6'0", 247 lbs with 4.53-second speed.

—Moves the pile better than anyone else in this draft class.

—Proved he can be a bell-cow back with more than 800 carries in college. 

—Massive frame makes him tough to bring down in the open field; many defenders don't even want to try. 

—Effective and productive as both an inside and outside runner; can do it all in a man-blocking scheme.

   

WEAKNESSES

—Heavy collegiate workload raises questions about his career longevity. 

—An impressive 40 but his tape still shows a lack of long speed. 

—Almost no production as a pass-catcher in three years at Boston College.

—All-or-nothing runner who hasn't learned to be patient and poised when seeking a rushing lane.

   

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OVERALL

Dillon won't be a perfect fit for every scheme, but he could be a powerful starting running back who will pair with a third-down pass-catcher. Dillon has a little Derrick Henry to his game given his size and speed, which could be intriguing as some offenses adapt to go bigger against smaller defenses.

   

GRADE: 70

PRO COMPARISON: Leonard Fournette/Toby Gerhart

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