The Packers picked RB Kylin Hill in Round 7 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Hill broke out in 2019 with 242-1,350-10. But playing under new HC Mike Leach in 2020, the 22-year-old’s progress came to a halt. While he opened eyes with 23 catches (15 at Kentucky; 8 at LSU), Hill made only 3 appearances and totaled just 15 carries. He received a 1-game suspension before getting deactivated for 2 because of “personal issue,” per Leach. He promptly skipped the remainder of the season to prep for the draft. When right, Hill uses his 5’10, 214-pound frame effectively as an inside/outside runner. His 4.51-second 40 time shows good enough speed, while his 36-inch vertical (68th percentile) and 122-inch broad jump (72nd percentile) show the burst. Those traits -- plus clear pass-catching ability -- made Hill 1 of our favorite RB sleepers. Landing in Green Bay offers clear pass-catching upside in the wake of Jamaal Williams' departure. We'll see how he fares this summer. For now, Hill makes for a solid upside shot to take late in dynasty rookie drafts.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) isn’t listed on the final injury report and will return for Sunday’s game vs. the Bears. We’re curious to see how reps are split between Williams and A.J. Dillon behind Aaron Jones after the rookie’s Week 16 breakout. Neither Williams nor Dillon can be trusted in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (quad) missed practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game vs. the Titans. His absence will leave rookie A.J. Dillon as the #2 RB -- but Aaron Jones should dominate backfield work. He set season highs with a 90% snap rate and 20 carries after Williams exited early in last week's game.
Packers RB A.J. Dillon has been placed on the COVID list. He's out for at least Thursday night's game against the 49ers. The bigger question is who Dillon was in close contact with recently. Those players may not be able to play on Thursday. We'll keep a close eye on the situation.
The Packers had a head-scratching draft, trading up for QB Jordan Love in the 1st round and taking power-back A.J. Dillon in the 2nd. They didn't draft a single WR, despite being 1 of the neediest teams in the league at the position. GM Brian Gutekunst said it's all part of the plan to be a run-leaning offense. “I think [HC Matt LaFleur has] talked to you guys repeatedly about how much he’d like to run the ball and have the pass work off of that,” Gutekunst told reporters on Saturday. Green Bay ranked 18th in run rate last season -- and it sounds like we should project them to run it more in 2020. It's all bad news for Aaron Rodgers, who might not sit in QB1 territory when release our initial projections next month.
The Packers added Boston College RB A.J. Dillon in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dillon served as his team’s workhorse in all 3 seasons on campus, registering rushing lines of 300-1,589-14, 227-1,108-10 and 318-1,685-14. His 4,382 career rushing yards and 38 career rushing scores are both school records. Dillon crushed the Combine, running a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at 6’0 and 247 pounds to earn a 97th percentile Speed Score. He also posted 96th and 97th percentile marks in the vertical and broad jumps, finishing with a 97th percentile SPARQ score. Dillon doesn’t look like an uber-athlete on tape, though. He needs a runway to hit top speed and has very little wiggle. He’s also a near-zero in the passing game, totaling just 21 receptions over the past 3 seasons. Dillon joins Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in Green Bay’s backfield. HC Matt LaFleur has been hesitant to make Jones a feature back — and this pick likely means that will continue. Longer term, it's worth noting that both Jones and Williams are set to become free agents next offseason.