A.J. Dillon

Boston College
RB08

Prospect Info

College
Boston College
Hometown
Class
New London, CT
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
247 lbs
31 5/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

6.27
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.53
Seconds
 
Bench Press
23
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
41.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
131.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.19
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Algiers Jameal "A.J." William Dillon is the grandson of College Football Hall of famer Thom Gatewood, who was the first African-American team captain at Notre Dame. Dillon played for a former B.C. offensive lineman (Paul Zukauskas) at Lawrence Academy in Connecticut, and he decided to sign on with the Eagles. He played only four games due to injury his senior year of high school but still racked up more than 600 yards and 12 touchdowns. Dillon jumped into the fray at Chestnut Hill as a true freshman, winning ACC Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-American honors by ranking seventh in the FBS with 1,589 yards (300 carries, 5.3 ypc) and scoring 14 touchdowns in 13 games (four starts). He started 10 games in 2018, earning first-team all-conference accolades (227 carries, 1,108 yards, 4.9 ypc, 10 touchdowns; eight receptions, 41 yards, 5.1 average) and cutting his fumbles from four to one. Dillon was the team's bellcow again as a junior, finishing among the national leaders in carries (318), yards (1,685), and 14 touchdowns in 12 starts (13 receptions, 195 yards, 15.0 average, one touchdown). The 2019 third-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-ACC selection chose not to play in the team's bowl game to get ready for the draft.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
James Conner
Overview
Built like a minibus but possessing enough vision and finesse to avoid being pigeon-holed as just a pure power back. Dillon is capable of handling heavy workloads and wearing down defenses, but there is a concern from evaluators that it's taken a physical toll on him. He's a disciplined runner who trusts his blocking scheme and follows his rush track. He's a good one-cut runner with below-average wiggle but natural power to create yards after contact. Dillon will find more space as he faces fewer loaded boxes as a pro, but dropping weight and adding quickness could be the difference between a future as a committee back or starter.
Strengths
  • Carries weight easily on big, well-proportioned frame
  • Above-average athletic traits for such a big runner
  • Went for 150-plus rushing yards in almost 42 percent of his career starts
  • Finds paydirt, with 39 career rushing touchdowns
  • Can move piles or leap over them
  • Absorbs contact like a big linebacker
  • Trusts the process and follows design of the rush track
  • Reads block development and acts decisively
  • Has grind-it-out mentality, but pitch plays and outside zone suits him
  • Stiff-arm cleans up the angles on the perimeter
  • Able to sort the rush and find his protection most of the time
  • Size to square and slow charging linebackers
Weaknesses
  • May need to play lighter for increased quickness
  • Ran odometer high through rough terrain in BC offense
  • Scouts concerned about long-term durability
  • Not much creativity to elude sudden traffic in his face
  • One-cuts when deeper press of the line is needed
  • Burst to second level is just OK
  • Needs to square and accelerate into contact more consistently
  • Not a natural pass-catcher
  • Feet get stagnant taking on moving targets against blitz
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league