Kylin Hill NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile: Physical Runner Fit for Zone-Blocking Scheme
This is The Game Day’s Kylin Hill NFL Draft Prospect Profile. After you read our Kylin Hill Scouting Report, Marcus Mosher’s first 2021 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1.
Kylin Hill NFL Draft Prospect Profile
Kylin Hill: Bio & Measurables
- College: Mississippi State
- Class in Final Season: Senior
- Age on NFL Draft Day: 22 Years
- Height: 5-foot-11
- Weight: 214 lbs.
Kylin Hill: Scouting Report
- Excellent contact balance
- Ability to create yards after contact
- Physical runner with strong pass-blocking skills
- Excels in short-yardage situations
- Lacks breakaway speed
- Needs improvement on receiving skills
- North-south runner with limited elusiveness
- Needs strong blocking due to sub-par vision
Kylin Hill NFL Outlook
Hill had one strong year in his career at Mississippi State, totaling 1,350 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in his junior season. He showed some improvement in the passing game in a small sample, putting up 23 receptions and 237 yards in only three games this year.
Hill is a violent runner with great contact balance, which allows him to gain yards after contact. He excels in short-yardage situations, giving him upside as a red-zone threat at the professional level. Hill has a stout frame that is suitable for his style as a physical runner between-the-tackles.
Hill needs to improve on his receiving skills to make him a more well-rounded running back. This is a back who needs a strong offensive line and blocking scheme to put him in the best situation to succeed. Hill isn’t the type of runner who can carry an offense with a limited supporting cast.
Hill could thrive in a Shanahan-style offense, as the zone-blocking scheme suits his one-cut, north-south style of running quite well.
Kylin Hill NFL Comparison
Alfred Morris: Hill (5-foot-11, 214 lbs) has similar measurables to Morris (5-foot-10, 219 lbs). Both running backs are north-south, one-cut runners who work best in a zone-blocking scheme. Like Morris, Hill can create yards after contact, but he lacks breakaway speed and receiving skills.
Morris had a torrid start to his career because he played in a perfect scheme for his talents with Mike Shanahan in Washington. Hill would benefit in a similar style of offense.
Kylin Hill 2021 Draft Team Fits
New York Jets
The Jets are in dire need of a new running back and Hill could fit the mold. New offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur comes from the Sean McVay coaching tree. LaFleur uses a zone-blocking scheme, which works well with Hill’s skill-set.
The Jets could use one of their picks in the later rounds to address the running back position, making Hill a strong fit. He could split carries with La’Mical Perine in a new-look offense. Selecting Hill would allow the Jets to use their higher draft capital to address their several other needs.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr., but this is a team that always seems to have a crowded running back room. Hill would be a perfect fit in Kyle Shanahan‘s zone-blocking scheme. We have seen Mostert struggle with injuries, so Hill could carve out a complementary role in San Fran.
Hill was coached by Mike Leach at Mississippi State. Leach worked with Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech and both coaches run the Air Raid offense. The Cardinals will likely move on from Kenyan Drake, so they need a big back to pair with Chase Edmonds, making Hill a potential fit in the desert.
Kylin Hill 2021 NFL Draft Prediction
Round 5, Pick 144: Arizona Cardinals
Hill is ranked behind running backs like Najee Harris, Travis Etienne, Javonte Williams and Jaret Patterson. It seems likely that he falls past the fourth round.
The Cardinals could address their other needs in the first three rounds (they don’t have a fourth) and then add Hill to replace Drake and split time with Edmonds.
This would give the Cards a physical running back who has experience in the Air Raid offense. Hill can make an impact in short-yardage and red-zone situations with Edmonds handling the early downs and passing game work.
Kylin Hill NFL Draft Bets
The only draft prop available at BetMGM right now is to bet on who will be selected first overall. This is clearly out of the cards for Hill, so there’s no point to even look at the odds.
I would monitor the situation to see if any sportsbooks come out with a prop on where Kylin Hill will be selected in the draft.
We have seen the way running backs have fallen in recent drafts. While Hill is a physical runner, his lack of breakaway speed and subpar receiving skills make it likely that he falls to the fifth round.
Now that you’ve read our Kylin Hill Draft Prospect scouting report, stay tuned after the 2021 NFL Draft for his impact on betting lines, odds and tips for his likely NFL team.
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