Running backs Steelers must consider taking in the 2021 NFL Draft

Javonte Williams #25 of the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Javonte Williams #25 of the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Kylin Hill of Mississippi State (20). Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 4:

Kylin Hill, Mississippi 

Here’s a running back you may not have studied yet, but Kylin Hill is the definition of today’s NFL running back. Though it seems like he has a lean frame, Hill came into the Senior Bowl at 5’10” and 214 pounds (the exact same size as Alvin Kamara). He played just 3 games in 2020, but his 2019 season was thoroughly impressive, as he ran for 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns on 5.6 yards per carry in the SEC.

Hill has the perfect amount of explosiveness for today’s game and his ability to shed arm tackles without losing speed is underrated. He’s not the best running back prospect in this class, but he’s a perfect option in round four with his do-it-all skill set. Even as a fourth-round pick, he could quickly slide into a starting role for the Steelers.

Trey Sermon, Ohio State

Trey Sermon is a name that has been circulating around Steelers fans since the end of the college football season. Though Sermon still presents solid value in the fourth round, he’s not as complete of a player as some people like to think.

At 6’1” and 215 pounds, he has great size and impressive build up speed for a big running back. It’s also hard to ignore 7.5 yards per carry last season. However, Sermon doesn’t offer much as a pass-catcher at this point, and he may not be an every-down back at the next level.