Rookie Profile: Kylin Hill
Columbus, Mississippi is home to one of this season's top NFL prospects. Kylin Hill was born on August 18th, 1998 in Columbus, he would grow up here and play at Columbus High School. While playing High School football he would help lead CHS to back-to-back playoff appearances while rushing for over 3500 yards. He owned nine 200 plus yard rushing performances, that included a 382 yard and five touchdown game against Clinton in the playoffs. Hill earned Offensive Player of the year honors from The Commercial Dispatch (cdispatch.com) in both his junior and senior seasons. 247 sports ranked Hill as the Fifth best player in the state of Mississippi, along with the sixth-best running back and 210th player nationally.
Early College Career
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Hill would receive ten offers from schools including Memphis, Nebraska, LSU, Alabama, and others throughout the country. On June first, 2017, he would ultimately choose his hometown state's pride and joy, Mississippi State University, he was going to be a Bulldog! His college career would start slowly in 2017 as a true freshman he would rush for 393 yards on 78 carries, this was good enough for eight among SEC freshmen.
In his sophomore season, Hill would produce 910 scrimmage yards for the bulldogs while carrying a 6.8 yard per play average. He earned a 116.1 elusive rating from PFF which ranked him fourth amongst SEC running backs. His explosiveness was beginning to be very evident and it was clear big things were in store for him. His 22 receptions would rank him second on the team, this presence as a receiver out of the backfield proved he could handle a lead role.
The breakout arrived his junior year as he started all 13 games for the bulldogs, he produced 1530 scrimmage yards while scoring 11 times. Hill produced both the longest rushing play(62 yards) and receiving play (88 yards) for MSU. Kylin would lead the SEC with 103.8 rushing yards per game, this was the only running back over the century mark. His eight 100 plus yard rushing performances would tie a school record, his ten touchdowns rushing made him the first running back to reach this mark since 2014 for MSU. Of the eight 100 plus rushing performances he produced four 150 plus performances, this is a program record. Everything was pointing up for Hill as he earned first-team All-SEC honors. He would be faced with the decision to enter the NFL draft or return for a senior season.
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He would choose to return to college for his senior season, this was a smart decision as he needed to refine his game. One of the preseason candidates for the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the nations best running back. He would also be tabbed preseason All-SEC by conference coaches and media. It was clear that college football had taken notice of his junior season. The 2020 season would be impacted by the worldwide covid-19 pandemic, the fear of the season being lost was looming. However this was not the only issue looming for Hill, he would have a tweet heard around college football. He would proclaim he would not represent the state of Mississippi anymore if the flag was not changed. Mississippi was the only state flag with confederate imagery still on it. This small tweet helped gain traction and aided in the retiring of the flag.
Hill would end up only playing in three games in 2020, as he would opt-out like so many of the top prospects this season. His presence would be felt though. he would break the record for single-game receiving yards by a running back as he produced 158 yards against LSU. He most impressively did this on only eight receptions, one of which was a 75-yard touchdown. He also produced 155 yards after the catch in the game. Hill would go on to tied Eric Moulds record of 15 receptions in one game against Kentucky. In his three games, he set a single-season career-high for receptions with 23, along with a career-high in receiving yards at 237 yards.
Kylin Hill measures in at 5-11" and 215 pounds, these are god measurable's for a three-down running back at the NFL level. At this year's senior bowl he measured in with a 73" wingspan, 30 1/2" arm length, and 9 5/8" hand size. All fairly good measurable's for prototypical NFL size.
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Rushing Style: Hill is a very effective North and South runner, he has an ability to always gain yardage. He tends to run with some ferociousness, he loves to initiate contact, this can create some wear and tear on a running back though. So there could be some concern to his long-term outlook.
Speed: He possesses the ability to use his quickness and burst to create large chunks of yardage at times. Hill does not seem to have crazy breakaway speed as some would call it, this could be an issue at the next level. We have seen many running backs who do not possess this trait to be successful at the next level though.
Vision: His vision is a concern, he has decent vision but is very inconstant at times. He does well in between the tackles at finding small holes and getting through them. Once in the second level at times, he makes some questionable decisions. This is something he can work on at the next level, this could be the difference between becoming a lead back or a committee back.
Passing Game: Hill has quality hands in the passing game with an ability to run different routes, some do need to be refined. This refining does not worry me, at the next level he will be paired with better coaching and this should help him clean this up. This passing game trait will help him have great upside in any PPR fantasy format.
Blocking: Hill can use some work on his blocking form, however, he is very willing and does a very good job diagnosing who to block. This can be one of the hardest things to do for a running back, so having a handle on this already sets Hill up well compared to the rest of this class.
Overall Hill can become a very effective fantasy asset. His low-end production could come in the form of a committee back that could help you as an RB2-3. His ceiling is much higher as he could become a high-end starter with RB1 upside. Top 5 may be an unreachable goal for him in the fantasy world, but landing a role as Alvin Kamara did in New Orleans could be great for Hill. Landing in an offense like Buffalo, Arizona, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles Chargers, and New England could be good landing spots for him. These all would lead to a chance at instant production and lean toward Hill's skill set the best.