With the 62nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected AJ Dillon out of Boston College.
What he brings: Dillon is a powerful back who, at 6’0″ 247 lbs. is very difficult to bring down. He was featured heavily in the Eagles offense, carrying the ball 318 times for 1685 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior last year. He is a throw back at the position and a true bell cow. Dillon can wear down defenses over the course of a football game with his combination of size, strength, and finesse.
How he fits: Aaron Jones is the clear starter at running back. They also have a solid backup in Jamaal Williams. However, GM Brian Gutekunst wanted to bring another back in to relieve Aaron Rodgers’ workload as he enters his 16th year in the league. Dillon could provide an effective 1-2 punch in the Packers’ running game next year. Gutekunst could also be looking into the future, as Jones is set to be a free agent after the season.
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Analysis: Dillon possesses an upgrade over Williams and compliments Jones in terms of running style. With that said, this seems like bit of a reach, as Dillon was projected to go around the third or fourth rounds. There are serious questions about his long-term durability, as bigger backs traditionally don’t have a very long shelf-life in the NFL, let alone one with the mileage that Dillon has on him. There are also questions on how a downhill runner like Dillon fits into the Packers stretch run scheme.
What’s next: The Packers may still look to fill pressing needs at inside linebacker, wide receiver, tackle, and tight end.