Drafted as what could be considered as a n after-thought, new Green Bay Packers’ running back Kylin Hill enters a somewhat crowded RB room, although one that could produce first-year snaps for him all at the same time.
Needing to replace departed back Jamaal Williams, Hill may not enter the league with the kind of pedigree Williams has, but Hill certainly could eventually fill that kind of change-of-pace, do-it-all back that GB has come to rely on under head coach Matt LaFleur.
Coming out of Mississippi State, Hill was a tough guy to bring down, highlighted by his 116 broken tackles across his four collegiate seasons. Having only toted the rock for just over 450 career carries, there are plenty of miles left on Hill’s tires, something that can help keep him fresh and ready to take on any role the Packers may have in mind for him.
Late-round selections are always lottery picks, seen as guys that profile as likely roster fringe options with an outside chance of seeing the 53-man roster. But Hill looks to be different – an offensive weapon that may have slipped through the cracks of all other teams in the 2021 NFL Draft, falling into the lap of the Packers.
Having proven both his running and receiving skills in college, Hill looks to be very capable of filling the RB3 role for the Packers, an underrated role that can help take some pressure off of both Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon heading into this season.
Jones has returned to his bell-cow role, something that even when both Williams and Dillon were here was never a question. But with Dillon taking on his first major workload in his second season, it will be important to have that third option in case Jones needs a breather or if Dillon is unable to take on his full, expected workload.
Having benefited from being a member of a Mike Leach Air Raid offensive scheme, Hill was able to showcase his receiving abilities early and often, helping set him up for the modern-day NFL and its requirements for its backs. While expecting a ton of work in his rookie season is unlikely, factoring Hill in for 5-7 offensive snaps per game in ‘21 is not totally out of the question, and that number will fluctuate based on how much the offensive staff trusts the rookie.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23