RB3 – Kylin Hill
The 2021 seventh-round pick, Kylin Hill, was a popular one among the fan-base on draft day. Fast forward to present day and the hype train has only amplified.
Hill entered camp in a battle for the team’s third running back spot, which he cemented fairly quickly. As you can see below, PFF’s rookie running back grades align with the eye test through two pre-season games.
Hill might not see a ton of carries this season, and he shouldn’t have to given the talent ahead of him. However, he’s someone the franchise has great confidence in should a greater opportunity present itself in the form of injuries ahead of him. Should either of Jones or Dillon miss time, Hill should be able to immediately step into those touches and be productive.
Where Hill truly excels is as a pass catcher. This might be how he forces his way onto the field. Coach LaFleur undoubtedly wants to create mismatches wherever possible, and Hill’s route-running/pass-catching ability will give him that option. Don’t be surprised if you see him utilized similar to the way Tyler Ervin was in previous seasons.
Hill may have to wait for a greater role with the offense, but in the meantime he should be able to make an impact on special teams as a returner with a quick first step and shiftiness.
He’ll be a terrific insurance policy for both backs ahead of him, and is a wonderful complement in a loaded running back room. Kylin Hill is the team’s RB3 for now, but don’t be surprised if his role expands in the coming years. This pick has a chance to be a home-run in the seventh round.