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Round 7: Pick 256; Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State


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The Draft Network bio:

Throughout his playing career, Kylin Hill was often praised for the amount of maturity that he's exemplified. Outside of his father, he credits his two biggest mentors as being Randal Montgomery, his coach at Columbus High School (Mississippi), and former Mississippi State running backs coach Charles Huff, who now holds the same position at Alabama. Montgomery saved his career in high school after Hill quit the team following his sophomore year. His football savior was hired following that moment and he went on to record 1,801 rushing yards during an eight-win season, which was the second-best win total in school history. His breakout season included a 382-yard, five-touchdown performance in a playoff game. Sticking to the guidance given, Hill continued to flourish and as a senior, he exploded onto the scene ranked as the second-best player in the state. As a senior, he collected 1,750 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns on his way to his first all-state nomination. Electing to stay close to home, Hill signed with the Bulldogs. 

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Jones, Dillon and hill and 6 oline in the last 2 drafts.... I wonder if this team is going to make sure they can run the ball?

 

... to help love.

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6 minutes ago, Chili said:

 

My "favorite" part of reading his draft stuff is the part where he doesn't have an "extra gear" so he's not a HR threat. I'm like "WTF are you watching? He may not be electric but that man can house the ball."

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This guy is a ballplayer!

 

Here's the writeup from Dane Brugler

STRENGTHS: Fills out his uniform with a defined, rocked-up build…his shifty feet and lateral quickness create missed tackles…runs with forward lean to feel his way through congestion…keeps his legs churning through contact…natural catcher on targets away from his body…understands how to create leverage within his routes…looks for victims as a blocker and doesn’t play with passiveness…won’t put the ball on the ground and had only one career fumble, which came his freshman season (finished his career with 471 straight touches without a fumble)…received the key to the city in his hometown of Columbus for his part in lobbying legislators to change the Mississippi state flag…productive career in the SEC, averaging 5.6 yards per rush over his four seasons.

WEAKNESSES: Runs tough, but lacks pile-pushing power…too eager to attack contact, lacking patience at the line of scrimmage…loses his footing too easily when running through tight holes…average long speed…lacks refinement in pass protection, ducking his head and looking to spear instead of engaging…undisciplined competitor and known to bottle up his emotions — suspended for one game as a senior due to a postgame outburst (October 2020)…NFL scouts say he has matured since high school, but he still has plenty of maturing to do, butting heads with the new coaching staff as a senior…missed two games and parts of several others (October 2018) due to a hamstring injury.

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Mississippi State, Hill was consistently productive for three different head coaches (and three different offensive systems) over his four years in Starkville. He led SEC running backs in rushing yards per game (103.8) in 2019, set a school record with four 150-yard rushing games and was expected to be a central piece of new head coach Mike Leach’s offense in 2020. But the two butted heads, resulting in a suspension and Hill opting out after only three games. Hill is a tough, angry runner with the foot quickness to dart through or away from trouble. While eager to attack the defense, he has a bad habit of relying more on his aggressive nature instead of trusting his vision. Overall, Hill’s run tempo and emotional maturity will be put under the microscope during the draft process, but he offers the agility, determination and pass-catching skills to be a productive piece of a running back rotation in the NFL.

GRADE: 6th-7th Round

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2 minutes ago, beekay414 said:

My "favorite" part of reading his draft stuff is the part where he doesn't have an "extra gear" so he's not a HR threat. I'm like "WTF are you watching? He may not be electric but that man can house the ball."

Along with some of these knobs saying he not a good receiver out of the backfield.  That kind of **** is why I don't trust a damn thing most of these "draft experts" have to say.

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