The Green Bay Packers selected RB A.J. Dillon with the 62nd pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Born in New London, Connecticut, Dillon had a huge junior season at Lawrence Academy (1,887 rushing yards and 26 TDs). He originally committed to the University of Michigan, but ended up with Boston College.
Dillon had a very productive college career and finished as the program leader with many rushing records. In total, he rushed for 4,382 yards and 38 TDs, and now holds the program's all-time rushing record and was just shy of the ACC career rushing record.
There isn't a more powerful runner in the 2020 Draft than Dillon. Built like a tank, he stands 6-foot tall and close to 250 pounds, but he carries the weight well for his size. And despite this unusual build for a running back, the former Third-Team All-American boasts freakish athleticism.
At the scouting combine, Dillon blew the roof off at Lucas Oil Stadium with a 4.53 40-yard dash and 41-inch vertical leap. The speed and explosives show up often on tape. Dillon is surprisingly quick for his size, posting a 1.53 second 10-yard split, besting Georgia quickster D'Andre Swift.
Dillon's athleticism and quickness may be surprising, but make no mistake, he's an absolute battering ram and will make his bones in the NFL punishing would-be tacklers and pushing the pile for additional yardage.
Dillon offers above-average field vision and trusts the scheme to hit the holes when they are presented. His vision and ability to accelerate towards the line of scrimmage will serve him well and should help ease some of the agility concerns moving forward.
Aside from an ankle sprain his sophomore year, Dillon was incredibly durable and productive at Boston College, missing just two games while toting the rock 845 times in three seasons. He racked up more than 1,100 yards all three seasons, including eclipsing 1,500 yards twice, and scored 40 touchdowns in his college career.
2019 stats (Junior; Boston College): 1,685 rush yards, 14 TD, 195 receiving yards, 1 TD (12 games)
2018 stats (Sophomore; Boston College): 1,108 rush yards, 10 TD, 41 receiving yards, 1 TD (10 games)
2017 stats (Freshman; Boston College): 1,589 rush yards, 14 TD (13 games)
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