A.J. Dillon Report
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A.J. Dillon
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Grading ScaleGrade Assigned
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A.J. DillonAge 21Low/Medium/High: Alex Barnes (Low?) Leonard Fournette (High?)Hall of Fame Caliber9.0 - 10
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Running Back6'0"All-Pro8.0 - 8.999
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Boston College250 poundsSide notes:Pro Bowler7.0 - 7.999
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JuniorHands - N/A Arms - N/AQuality NFL Starter6.0 - 6.999
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NFL Starter5.0 - 5.999
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Ability to Create Yardage (30 points): Running style is pretty linear, and he's not going to create much for himself when going off the tracks. Has enough wiggle to minimize the contact window against less disciplined tacklers, but he's not going to dodge a lot of NFL linebackers. Workhorse style back who is going to be at his best getting used at a high volume; wears down defenses with his physicality and strength. Struggles to stick his foot in the dirt and make sharp cuts against the grain. Can't attack cutback lanes with any effectiveness. Foot speed is average at best, and it limits how fast he can make adjustments. Finds dirty yardage in ways that almost no other back can. Balance going through contact is very solid, but he slips a bit too often during cuts. Knows how to twist and turn for more yards on the way down. Decent stiff arm.Speed (15 points): Should be able to bolster his athleticism some by dropping pounds. Likely going to need to lose 10-15 pounds to reach a weight that's more reasonable for NFL speeds. Straight line speed won't be enough to beat defensive backs in a foot race, but he can test linebackers. Revs up fairly quickly as he's getting past the line of scrimmage and exploding through the hole. Does not seem likely to find much success out of shotgun because of the runway he needs to build up speed. Loses almost all of his momentum when trying to make cuts, and it takes too long to get built back up to speed. Doesn't seem to run as hard later on in games; may end up dealing with some stamina issues as a result of his size. Lack of dynamic athletic traits leaves a lot more questions than answers. Average at best long speed.Power (15 points): Size is simply outrageous for a running back; one of the biggest backs to come out in this last decade. Must be taken out by a low shot or multiple tacklers if he's going down. Bounces off of arm tackles unharmed with great consistency. Always falls forward for additional yardage even if the defender is bringing more momentum to the hit. Mass is tough to stop in a collision. Naturally tall guy and it does seem to negatively affect his pad level. Very evenly proportioned for his size, as he isn't carrying unnecessary weight. Needs to drop his pads sooner before entering contact rather than just relying on his size to win. Still learning how to keep his legs churning in the pile, but the strength is there to do it. Should have no issues functioning as a short yardage back. Takes his foot off the gas heading into contact too often.Vision (15 points): Downhill runner who doesn't waste any time trying to lateral. Physical limitations are going to shut down a lot of exit lanes that other runners could hit. Going to struggle with avoiding backfield penetration and restarting runs. Reliance on interior runs and good blocking will make him a bit of a scheme specific prospect. Doesn't have the creativity to find a ton of success when he gets into one-on-one matchups in space. Solid at identifying breakthrough and reacting accordingly, but he can't always escape from it. Reaction time checks the box. Inability to work back against the flow of traffic limits his options. Can't afford to stutter step or hesitate, as it kills the speed he has built up. Size makes it tough to get skinny and navigate his way gracefully through tight spaces. Benefits a lot from having a lead blocker to take on linebackers.NFL Backup4.0 - 4.999
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Depth Player3.0 - 3.999
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Potential Practice Squad2.0 - 2.999
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Potential Camp Roster1.0 - 1.999
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Out of Football0 - 0.999
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Kent Lee Platte's RAS Combine Scores
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40-yard dash: N/A
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Bench Press: N/A
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Vertical Jump: N/A
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Broad Jump: N/A
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3-cone drill: N/A
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20-yard shuttle: N/A
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Pass Blocking & Receiving (15 points): Catch radius is solid, but he needs to be more consistent with bringing passes down. Wasn't targeted very frequently and may not be seen as a real weapon in the passing game. Comfortable being used as a checkdown, but he doesn't have the athleticism needed to find separation on real routes. Agility limitations make him less of a threat operating in space. Massive frame and long arms give him some serious advantages in the pass game over other backs. Able to simply absorb most blitzers regardless of how much momentum they have built up. Stays scanning for late arrivals; head is on a swivel in pass protection. Extension could be better as a blocker. Has reps as a receiver on his resume, but it wasn't pretty. Body catcher when targeted.Relative Athletic Score (10 points):Ability to Create Yardage: 9 pointsSpeed: 5 pointsPower: 11 pointsCollege Statistics
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Key: A - Attempts Y - Yards TD - Touchdowns R - Receptions
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Freshman YearRushing: 300A-1589Y-14TD
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Vision: 6 pointsPass Blocking & Receiving: 6 pointsCharacter & Meds:Receiving: 0R-0Y-0TD
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RAS:Sophomore YearRushing: 227A-1108Y-10TD
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Receiving: 8R-41Y-1TD
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Character & Injury Concerns (10 points - DEDUCT ONLY):Final Grade (Total /10): Junior YearRushing: 318A-1685Y-14TD
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Receiving: 13R-195Y-1TD
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Senior YearRushing: N/A
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Final Ranking: Receiving: N/A
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Total StatsGames Played: 35
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Rushing: 845A-4382Y-38TD
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Receiving: 21R-236Y-2TD
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The Book on DillonGames watched: Clemson (2019), North Carolina State (2019), Virginia Tech (2019), Miami (2018) - Tape Review: 12/11/19
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