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Packers draft RB Kylin Hill with No. 256 pick

Mississippi State RB Kylin Hill goes to the Green Bay Packers with the No. 256 pick in the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

Kylin Hill #8 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs runs the ball and stiff arms Grant Delpit #7 of the LSU Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Starkville, Mississippi. The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 36-13. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Former Mississippi State Bulldogs running back Kylin Hill was one of the more productive running backs in the SEC over the last three years. The 5-foot-11 running back was selected by the Green Bay Packers with 256th pick in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

The versatile running back only played in three games this past season as he opted out to prepare for the draft. In those three games, Hill recorded 58 rushing yards on 15 carries, along with 23 receptions for 237 yards and a touchdown. As a junior in 2019, he had a career-high 1,350 rushing yards on 242 carries and 10 touchdowns. He also added 18 receptions for 180 yards and a score.

Scouting Report

Depending on the team that drafts Hill, he should be a fine RB2 in his rookie season. The 5-foot-11 running back can be used as a weapon in the passing game. Hill showed that he was comfortable catching the ball out of backfield. The former Bulldogs running back isn’t the fastest, but is physical and can run in between the tackles. Hill could find himself in the same role that Joshua Kelley did with the Los Angeles Chargers this past season.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

The Packers just re-signed RB Aaron Jones this offseason in a bit of a surprise move. Green Bay burned a second-rounder in 2020 on RB AJ Dillon, so it would seem the only spot open for Hill would third-string RB. Hill can be used in the passing game it seems, so that could help him carve out time as a rookie. Hill won’t have any fantasy football value outside of a potential handcuff if Jones were to go down. Dillon isn’t really an every-down back and Hill could provide some change-of-pace, passing-game value.

Long-term

Both Jones and Dillon are under contract through 2023. Jones has another season after that and Dillon would be coming off his rookie deal. Jones would be a lot of dead cap ($13M), so you’d think he’ll be the starter until his legs fall off. This doesn’t really bode well for Hill coming out of nowhere as a seventh-rounder and becoming a fantasy stud. Again, his size and ability to catch passes is appealing enough. The Packers offense is also creative enough to work in Hill if he proves he can produce.