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Packers draft A.J. Dillon with No. 62 pick

A.J. Dillon goes to the Packers with the No. 62 pick in the 2020 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

Boston College Eagles running back A.J. Dillon runs the ball in the first quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium.  Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College work horse A.J. Dillon will head to Green Bay after the Packers select him with the 62nd overall pick of the draft. Dillon is a strong back between the tackles and will likely take over the No. 2 job behind Aaron Jones. Aaron Rodgers cannot be a happy camper at this point.

Dillon was a workhorse for Boston College. He ran for 1,685 yards and 14 touchdowns on 318 carries last season. He eclipsed 300 carries for the second time in his three-year college career. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry.

Scouting Report

Dillon is built like a tank. His 247-pound frame also has a ton of explosiveness, as he registered a 4.53 second 40-yard dash and a 41-inch vertical at the NFL scouting combine. He runs through the opposition like nothing regularly. He isn’t a natural pass catcher and struggled with fumbles throughout college though.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

Dillon is in the same mold as LeGarrette Blount and Derrick Henry and if he sees work early, it will be at the expense of Aaron Jones’ early down touches. Dillon will likely need a Jones injury to have any fantasy appeal in his first season.

Long-term

Strength alone gives Dillon a shot at being a touchdown machine from short yardage situation. But can he prove to be a three-down back at the next level? If so, Dillion could become a top five fantasy football running back. Derrick Henry has a similar bruising running style and hasn’t developed much as a pass catcher.