The 2021 NFL Draft is loaded at running back but where do the top prospects fit the best?
There’s no denying the NFL is pass-happy, it’s why teams rely on backs who can provide added value as a pass-catcher. However, the role of a bell-cow back hasn’t diminished.
Nine teams average at least 27 carries per game. Seven of the aforementioned teams are either in the playoffs or in the hunt. The Titans are using Derrick Henry to run their team into the playoffs. With an old school power run scheme, Henry has everyone wanting themselves a good old fashioned power back. Speaking of, the Browns average 31 carries per game, and their chasing history. Nick Chubb leads the way, but he has Kareem Hunt as his partner in crime.
The same goes for Green Bay whose pounding the rock with Aaron Jones. And then you have teams like the Saints who rely on their back to catch a ton of passes. Alvin Kamara will finish the season with over 80 catches.
As you can see, not all backs fit in every system. So, a team needs to get a back ideally suited for their offense. On the other hand, a team could see a guy they love and build their run game around him. Either way, teams looking to improve their running back room have great options in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Kylin Hill, Mississippi State – Best 2021 NFL Draft Fit: Dallas Cowboys
No disrespect to Zeke, but he doesn’t look like the same hungry back since getting his mega-deal. With his lack of production for whatever reason you want to use, Dallas could cut bait. If they do, Tony Pollard will need a running mate. He’s improved at receiver, but not the threat the Cowboys need to evolve their offense. Drafting Mississippi State Kylin Hill will help elevate the Cowboys’ running back room.
If the Cowboys move on from Elliot, they’ll need to replace his power. The 5-11, 210-pound back has a jacked frame with big shoulders and stout lower body. He’s a power runner who locks to finish runs. He lunges forward and isn’t afraid of contact. However, his value comes as a receiver out of the backfield. Like Elliot, Hill is a decisive runner who has enough speed to break the big one.
Most importantly, the Cowboys need a third-down back who can catch passes. In just two games, Hill produces more yards and catches than he did carries. Before opting out, Hull caught 23 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. He dominated LSU with eight catches for 158 yards. Hill also proved over his short career that he’s a reliable blocker.
The Cowboys have taken chances on guys with off-field issues. So, America’s Team can find their guy in the middle rounds.