With Their 2nd Round Pick GB Selects AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College

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DILLON’S CAREER HIGHS
Rush attempts: 39 at Louisville, 10/14/17
Rush yards: 272 at Louisville, 10/14/17
Long rush: 75 at Louisville, 10/14/17
Rushing TDs: 4 at Louisville, 10/14/17
Receptions: 2 (4x), last vs. Richmond, 9/7/19
Receiving Yards: 54 vs. Richmond, 9/7/19
Longest Reception: 42 vs. Richmond, 9/7/19

2019 (JUNIOR): Preseason All-ACC: The ACC, Athlon, Phil Steele’s... Preseason All-America: Athlon, CBS Sports, Phil Steele’s, Sports Illustrated... Watch List: Doak Walker, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp... pounded the rock 23 times for 81 yards, including a game-tying, 17-yard score in the second quarter against Virginia Tech (8/31). Caught one pass for nine yards... carried the ball 17 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns with a long run of 30 yards vs. Richmond (9/7) and added a career-long 42-yard TD reception in a two-catch, 54-yard game... first 100-yard game of the season came on 27 carries for 151 yards, including a long of 31 on the first drive, which ended in a two-yard TD run against Kansas (9/13)... named ACC Running Back of the Week following the Kansas game... rushed for two touchdowns and 150 yards on 32 carries at Rutgers (9/21) and caught one eight-yard pass... voted ACC Running Back of the Week for the second week in a row after the Rutgers win... third consecutive game of 150 yards rushing or more with 159 on the ground on 23 carries to go with one 33-yard reception against Wake Forest (9/28)... rushed for 118 yards on 22 carries and made one 36-yard catch at Louisville (10/5)... rushed for 223 yards on 34 carries, averaging 6.6 yards per carry, with three touchdowns against NC State (10/19).

2018 (SOPHOMORE): All-ACC First Team ... appeared in 10 games, rushing for 1,108 yards and 10 touchdowns ... the first player in BC history to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons ... New England Football Writers All-New England Team ... ACC Preseason Player of the Year ... 2018 Preseason All-America selection by AP, Sports Illustrated, Phil Steele, Athlon and Lindy’s Sports ... on the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award watch lists ... among the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s “50 Player to Watch” entering 2018 ... ran for 98 yards and totaled 125 yards of total offense with 27 yards on two catches vs. UMass (9/1) ... caught his first career pass and ran for a 15-yard TD in the win over the Minutemen ... averaged 24.8 yards per carry with 149 yards on just six carries and three touchdowns in three series vs. Holy Cross (9/8) ... three TDs in three series came just 8:05 into the game vs. the Crusaders, including a 74-yard TD run on the first play of the Eagles’ second drive ... carried the ball 33 times for 185 yards, including a 45-yard TD run to open the scoring at Wake Forest (9/13) and was named the ACC Running Back of the Week ... rushed for 59 yards on 19 carries at Purdue (9/22) and added two catches ... totaled 161 yards on the ground on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns, including a 52-yard scoring run against Temple (9/29) ... returned from injury to rush for 149 yards on 32 carries, including a 14-yard score, against No. 25 Miami (10/26) and caught two passes for 14 yards ... scored a first-quarter touchdown and finished with 96 yards on 24 carries at Virginia Tech (11/3) ... carried the ball 16 times for 39 yards vs. Clemson (11/10) and caught one pass ... rushed for 116 yards on 37 carries and two touchdowns at Florida State (11/17) ... ran the ball 12 times for 56 yards and caught one pass against No. 19 Syracuse (11/24).

2017 (FRESHMAN): ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, the first BC player to win either award … finished the season with 1,589 rushing yards, seventh nationally and second among all freshmen nationally … FWAA Freshman All-American, the first Eagle to be named to the FWAA team since Luke Kuechly in 2009 … ESPN.com Freshman All-American … 1,589 rushing yards were the most by any freshman in BC history and second in ACC history … fourth in Boston College single-season history with 1,589 rushing yards … rushed for 1,256 rushing yards over the last seven games, the most of any player in the country … tied for the most All-ACC votes with former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson en route to All-ACC first team honors … four games of 190+ yards of rushing … recipient of the 79th annual George "Bulger" Lowe Award, "New England's Heisman Trophy" and one of America's oldest college football accolades … first career touchdown at No. 2 Clemson (9/23) … first BC true freshman running back since 2014 to rush for 100 yards in a game with his 120 yards against Central Michigan (9/30) … breakout performance in the win at Louisville (10/14) where he rushed for 272 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries (all career-highs) … named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week for games on Oct. 14, becoming the fifth BC player since 2004 to earn the honor … named ACC Rookie of the Week and Co-Offensive Back of the Week for his efforts in the win at Louisville … 272 yards rushing were the seventh-highest single-game total nationally in 2017 and the most by a true freshman … set a BC freshman record with 272 yards and the third-highest single-game total in school history … in ACC history, the 11th-best rushing day and the second-most yards ever in a game by a freshman … four rushing touchdowns tied for third in BC single-game history while the 39 carries are tied for the fifth-most in BC single-game history … scored on a career-long 75-yard touchdown run in which he stiff armed a defender to go the distance … third career 100-yard game with 149 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 35-3 win over Florida State (10/27) … 196 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown run, against No. 23 NC State (11/11) … became the first BC player to go over 1,000 yards rushing in a season since 2014 after his 196 yards against the Wolfpack … 200 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the win against UConn at Fenway Park (11/18) … three touchdowns and 193 yards rushing on 23 carries in the 42-14 win over Syracuse (11/25) … rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa (12/27), his seventh 100-yard game of the season.

HIGH SCHOOL: Standout running back for head coach Paul Zukauskas at Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts … rated the No. 1 player in Massachusetts and the nation’s No. 20 running back according to Rivals.com … rated as the No. 2 player in Massachusetts and the nation’s 38th best running back according to ESPN … listed as the 39th-best running back in the nation, the top running back in Massachusetts and the fourth-best running back in the East by Scout.com … 2015 NEPSAC Class B Co-Player of the Year … totaled 12 touchdowns and rushed for over 600 yards in Lawrence Academy’s first four games his senior season before a season-ending leg injury … rushed for 297 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Spartans to a win over Milton Academy the week prior to his injury … rushed for 1,887 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior … averaged 10.9 yards per carry during his junior season … led Lawrence Academy to the ISL and Wayne Sanborn titles in 2015.

PERSONAL: Algiers Jameal William Dillon ... enrolled as a communication major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences ... son of Charles and Jessyca Campbell ... recipient of the Fee Family Athletics Scholarship.

 

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I said the Packers were going to go in a direction nobody expected in this draft. At this point, that's already guaranteed. This kid is a solid power runner, and could turn into a real asset, but they've totally ignored areas that are important. I guess they think they've got the guys to do the job.

We're gonna find out, maybe. If there is a season.
 

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Oh my... I wanted Dillon, but 4th or 5th round.

Jones, Baun, Duvernay, Gallimore would have been better selections here.

Dillon is a horse. He's an intelligent, disciplined runner but they could have gotten him later I feel.

*edit* More of a Williams replacement than Jones, I'd guess; though I'd bet Williams and Dillon platoon some. I don't know how good of a blocker he is though...
 

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Liked him in the 3rd/4th. In the 2nd? Yuck.
Had him in the 3rd, as a FB hgh) :cool:

I like him tho. He's gonna grind it out in Dec and Jan. Lotta close games last year, the type where we just need to move the chains, get some short yardage to drain the clock. This guy is gonna beat people up in the 4th quarter.

This guy is thunder. Aaron Jones is lightning. Dude is both RB and FB. Ran a 4.5.
 

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This pick tells me that the whole "outside zone" scheme we kept being told was the goal is done. Neither Dillon or Williams can run that consistently. Tells me that they may be modifying their offense a bit.

I like Dillon and agree he's a solid "one cut and hit the hole hard" kinda guy. I didn't really consider him because he wasn't a scheme fit, but in future drafts I'll ignore that like Gute did with this guy. He should be a solid part of the rotation. I saw him as a Rds 3-5 guy.
 

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BC ran an outside zone scheme last year ?
Did not realize that. Never watched any video of him before today.

To me he still doesn't fit the usual physical traits I'd look for in an outside zone back and most of the sources I use for the draft also characterized him as more of a gap/power scheme fit. I've since watched some highlights on him and while he does seem to get some things done on outside zone runs, the majority of his productive runs were inside.

Last season we saw less and less outside zone runs as the year went along. They were better blocking/running inside stuff. I was happy that ML was flexible enough to realize what they were good at and not force the issue. A guy like Dillon suggests that more inside zone runs might be the future, and outside zone is more of a minor part of the run game. That's the offensive change I'm talking about. I won't look for the classical physical types in the future because it seems like that's not what they're wedded to.

But hey, he's a horse. Fast for his size and a no nonsense runner. I like those kind of guys. I hope he stays healthy and is the real deal.
 
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