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2020 NFL Draft

Postby eagletx on Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:26 pm

NFL book on Dillon (only BC player listed for 2020 combine):

Graded at 6.25 (see interpretive scales below)
Algiers Jameal "A.J." William Dillon is the grandson of College Football Hall of famer Thom Gatewood, who was the first African-American team captain at Notre Dame. Dillon played for a former B.C. offensive lineman (Paul Zukauskas) at Lawrence Academy in Connecticut, and he decided to sign on with the Eagles. He played only four games due to injury his senior year of high school but still racked up more than 600 yards and 12 touchdowns. Dillon jumped into the fray at Chestnut Hill as a true freshman, winning ACC Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-American honors by ranking seventh in the FBS with 1,589 yards (300 carries, 5.3 ypc) and scoring 14 touchdowns in 13 games (four starts). He started 10 games in 2018, earning first-team all-conference accolades (227 carries, 1,108 yards, 4.9 ypc, 10 touchdowns; eight receptions, 41 yards, 5.1 average) and cutting his fumbles from four to one. Dillon was the team's bellcow again as a junior, finishing among the national leaders in carries (318), yards (1,685), and 14 touchdowns in 12 starts (13 receptions, 195 yards, 15.0 average, one touchdown). The 2019 third-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-ACC selection chose not to play in the team's bowl game to get ready for the draft.
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Built like a minibus but possessing enough vision and finesse to avoid being pigeon-holed as just a pure power back. Dillon is capable of handling heavy workloads and wearing down defenses, but there is a concern from evaluators that it's taken a physical toll on him. He's a disciplined runner who trusts his blocking scheme and follows his rush track. He's a good one-cut runner with below-average wiggle but natural power to create yards after contact. Dillon will find more space as he faces fewer loaded boxes as a pro, but dropping weight and adding quickness could be the difference between a future as a committee back or starter.

Carries weight easily on big, well-proportioned frame
Above-average athletic traits for such a big runner
Went for 150-plus rushing yards in almost 42 percent of his career starts
Finds paydirt, with 39 career rushing touchdowns
Can move piles or leap over them
Absorbs contact like a big linebacker
Trusts the process and follows design of the rush track
Reads block development and acts decisively
Has grind-it-out mentality, but pitch plays and outside zone suits him
Stiff-arm cleans up the angles on the perimeter
Able to sort the rush and find his protection most of the time
Size to square and slow charging linebackers


May need to play lighter for increased quickness
Ran odometer high through rough terrain in BC offense
Scouts concerned about long-term durability
Not much creativity to elude sudden traffic in his face
One-cuts when deeper press of the line is needed
Burst to second level is just OK
Needs to square and accelerate into contact more consistently
Not a natural pass-catcher
Feet get stagnant taking on moving targets against blitz

The perfect prospect
Perennial All-Pro
Pro Bowl talent
Year 1 quality starter
Boom or bust prospect
Will be starter within first two seasons
Good backup who could become starter
Developmental traits-based prospect
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
Priority free agent
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
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Re: 2020 NFL Draft

Postby MF73-Eleazar on Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:10 pm

where have other BC guys been on the scale. who's been our highest rated pro prospects in the last 20 yrs?
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Re: 2020 NFL Draft

Postby eagle33 on Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:41 am

Former BC tailback A.J. Dillon is a guy who wowed scouts in the weigh in and could post jaw-dropping times.

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Re: 2020 NFL Draft

Postby HJS on Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:34 am

Dillon was the heaviest back at the combine but had the best vertical jump and longest broad jump, 5th in bench press and 10th in .40 time. His numbers were better across the board than those Derrick Henry put up.
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Re: 2020 NFL Draft

Postby hansen on Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:15 am

HJS wrote:Dillon was the heaviest back at the combine but had the best vertical jump and longest broad jump, 5th in bench press and 10th in .40 time. His numbers were better across the board than those Derrick Henry put up.

Has to be at least a third round pick now.

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Re: 2020 NFL Draft

Postby claver2010 on Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:10 pm

https://draftwire.usatoday.com/2020/04/ ... interview/

Meet AJ Dillon, Boston College's wrecking ball of a RB prospect

If you followed me specific to my career, I probably ran against more stacked boxes than anybody in college football. It feels like I ran into a stacked box every single time I got the ball. I actually think the numbers landed around 75 percent this past year. I had 300-something carries and ran into a stacked box 252 times or something like that.

he's right, i'll try to dig up the stat but he blew away any one else in rushes versus a stacked box. the even more amazing thing imo is bailey was 4th nationally
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