Kylin Hill NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Kylin Hill NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • Austin Ekeler
  • Chuba Hubbard
  • Darren Sproles
  • Demetric Felton
  • Duke Johnson
  • Giovanni Bernard
  • Javonte Williams
  • Kylin Hill
  • Larry Rountree III
  • Michael Carter
  • Mississippi State
  • Mississippi State Flag
  • Najee Harris
  • Ole Miss
  • Receiving Back
  • Rhamondre Stevenson
  • Running back
  • Senior Bowl
  • Travis Etienne
By Daniel Kitchen April 1, 2021 0 Comment
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Kylin Hill is a 2021 NFL Draft RB Prospect

Kylin Hill is a running back from Mississippi State and a RB prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. Hill was a three-year starter at Mississippi State from 2018-2020, starting 27 of a possible 37 games during that time. In his career, Hill played in 40 of 50 games, after arriving at campus as a 4-star RB with 10 offers. He chose Mississippi State over Nebraska, and also received offers from Texas, Tennessee, and Ole Miss.

Hill appeared in the first three games of the 2020 season before opting out of the remaining eight to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Hill rushed 15 times for 58 yards, and set career-bests with 23 receptions for 237 yards, and a touchdown. He set the program record for single-game receiving yards by a running back, and tied the overall record for receptions in a game. Prior to the season, Hill appeared on the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award Watch Lists.

Hill was rated the 19th-best pass-catching back of 127 in FBS in 2020 by Pro Football Focus (20 percent minimum targets filter), receiving a 76.9 Receiving grade. His 76.5 Drops grade rated 48th, and his 42.4 Pass Blocking grade placed 96th. He did not receive enough carries to qualify for a 20 percent minimum filter in rushing attempts. For his attempts, Hill received a 69.6 Offense grade, a 68.7 Rushing grade, and a 76.3 HandsFumble grade. As a rusher in 2019, Hill rated 24th out of 230 HB’s in FBS, with an 83.9 Offense grade, and 26th with an 85.1 Rushing grade.

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Starting all 13 games in 2019, Hill set career-highs with 242 carries, 1,350 yards, and 10 touchdowns, while catching 18 passes for 180 yards and another touchdown. He was chosen first team All-SEC, and appeared on the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award Watch Lists. In his MSU career, Hill ran 452 times for 2,535 yards and 16 touchdowns, and caught another 67 passes for 631 yards and six touchdowns.

Hill projects in the NFL as a receiving and third-down back, with some every-down starting upside. His production and skills as a receiver at Mississippi State allow him to step in on Day 1 as part of a multi-player backfield, and the primary option on any passing downs or short-yardage situations. In that role, he can also be used as a weapon on teams calling frequent draw plays.

Hill is not ready to be an every-down starter as a rookie because of issues with his vision and performance on carries up the middle and through traffic, as well as the lack of a definite top gear that can outpace NFL players at the second level. With improvements to his vision and ability as a runner on different types of handoffs, Hill could overcome his lack of an NFL-level top gear and reach starting upside as the main every-down back on a team that utilizes its backs equally as runners and receivers.

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Scouting Capsule

Kylin Hill Scouting Capsule

Senior Bowl Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements

Hill was measured at 5104, 214 at Mississippi State’s Pro Day March 24, with 9 6/8” hands, 30 4/8” arms, and a 73 5/8” wingspan. In his final year at MSU, Hill was listed as 5’11”, 215.

In his Pro Day workout, Hill ran a 4.51 and 4.53 40, 4.35 short shuttle, and 7.13 3-Cone. He posted 22 reps on the bench, a 10’2” broad jump, and 36” vertical.

Highlights

Positives

  • Hits max speed quickly, excellent foot speed, acceleration his is best athletic attribute.
  • Vigilant of down and distance, a permanent fighter to reach first downs, end zone, LOS.
  • A star on draw plays, identifies the opened lane and hits it for big yardage using his acceleration.
  • An absolute fighter behind the line. Very shifty in the backfield and routinely makes players miss early on runs, always finds a way to avoid a loss.
  • Strength is there to fight off some solo tackles from LB/DBs, does so at the sake of most of his momentum.
  • Relishes chances to deliver punishment to tacklers, particularly along sideline.
  • NFL-ready receiver. Adjusts to missed throws around any area of body, maximizes his extension. Makes contested catches and fights through tight Man coverage for receptions.
  • Transitions from making catch (even off-target) to becoming runner without breaking stride, losing speed. Momentum only lost when inaccurate throw forces it.
  • Strong blocker. Vision to ID and pick up blitzers coming from different directions, strength to stop players or drive below the pocket.

Weaknesses

  • Runs into traffic on immediate handoffs up the middle, doesn’t avoid or find the correct lanes.
  • Lacks the top gear to retain distance from defenders earned by quick acceleration. Will earn first downs and more, but will be caught from behind on longer runs.
  • On routes to middle of field, takes too long to set up moves at the break point vs. Man, doesn’t provide open target for QB before pressure reaches pocket.

NFL Comparison

Duke Johnson, Houston Texans (2019-2020), Cleveland Browns (2015-2018)

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