5 day-three running backs the Steelers have to draft in 2021
By Andrew Falce
While a name that isn’t being talked about much due to his lacking production as a runner in his final year, Kylin Hill makes a lot of sense for the Steelers as a day three running back. He is a little smaller than the team typically likes their running backs to be, but he runs more like a bowling ball given his stout body type.
His obvious best trait on paper is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. In the pass-first offense he played in, Hill was consistently one of the go-to options as a receiver. Unfortunately, this past season didn’t make him look like much of a runner in the three games he played. His tape from his junior season was a different story but seeing him struggle as a runner makes his long-term starting potential unsure.
Though he has a thin frame, his play-style reminds me a lot of Maurice Jones-Drew. He likely won’t be the player that Jones-Drew became, but he could be used in a similar type of role. As well, he would instantly be an upgrade as a receiving back over the inept Jaylen Samuels. Hill wouldn’t become a huge threat on the ground for the Steelers, but he would further round out their backfield. He would be a great weapon to have even if it isn’t just as a pure runner.