By: Hussam Patel
Juice's Top Running Backs Series
Kylin Hill was not asked to do much during the 2020 season, as Mike Leach took over the offense, and he later opted out due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I am primarily basing Hill as my #4 running back based on his 2019 game tape. He has an all-around skill set as a slashing runner who can pound the rock, and a pass catcher who can catch the ball seven to ten times a game as a check-down option.
Kylin Hill is a north to south, downhill runner. He shines and gets very physical when running in-between the tackles, as he can fight through contact. His frame and build coupled with upper-body strength makes it extremely difficult for defenders to bring him down.
He is a grinder who can fend off defenders, working through body tackles trying to take him down. Hill's low center of gravity makes it increasingly likely for him to fight violently through the trenches and gain extra yardage. The Miss. St. product is surprisingly good in pass protection, which you do not often see from college prospects. He would be able to be a sure-fire three down back in the NFL.
What Hill needs to work on is toning down his toughness and physicality, and using his vision to find holes for easy yards instead of barreling down defenders; it will be increasingly hard to do at the NFL level with his 5'11 size. While his decision making is good, he does not have the patience as a runner, and he will need to learn to wait for holes to open up.
If he cleans up these issues, he can be a reliable running back for a team for years to come.
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