Let's Talk Football: AJ Dillon

CHTV intern Susanna Kalas' latest attempt to put the focus back on football. Today, she looks at the selection of running back AJ Dillon.

Take a look at Suanna's latest missve on the Packers draft below and be sure to subscribe to the Cheeshead TV YouTube channel

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Stroh's picture

May 12, 2020 at 05:14 pm

Good stuff. But giving his combine numbers doesn't show his versatilty it indicates his athleticism. Versatility would be his pass catching and blocking prowess along w/ his running ability. Otherwise nice job, and I agree Dillon could be a beast for the Packers.

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ramart103's picture

May 12, 2020 at 05:47 pm

Awesome piece on Dillon. I graduated HS with his HC at BC, so you know I'm rooting for the kid! GPG!

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sonomaca's picture

May 12, 2020 at 06:16 pm

Nice report. In LaFleur’s dream, the Packers annihilate teams on the ground, just like Titans and the Niners did in 2019. That’s the Shanahan way. In that dream, Aaron Rodgers is a perfect 15/15 every game, and Jordan Love turns out to be a plus version of Jimmy G.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 12, 2020 at 07:21 pm

One of our weakest areas on offense was our difficulty in converting short yardage, which knocked our offense off the field. Dillon is the premiere pile mover in this draft and he’ll help keep the chains moving. I don’t think there was any other offensive player at #62 that would have helped more, frankly..

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jannes bjornson's picture

May 12, 2020 at 07:24 pm

He can go inside or outside, to me he was the third best back in the draft. 4.5 @ 245# is not shabby and he is an excellent student.

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Dzehren's picture

May 12, 2020 at 08:11 pm

Agree Leatherhead. 15WR’s went off the board including Mimms at pick 57 prior to pick 62. It was interesting the OT Josh Jones dropped to like the 4th round...?

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hobowilly's picture

May 12, 2020 at 09:12 pm

good point Dz. Perhaps Jones would have been a better option for pick 94 in the third round. Moreover, maybe MLF got his wish, but we'll never know. Again, folks we're not employed to put together the GB draft board so all we can do is have faith and trust in Gutey & his collective team to make the right calls.
Since rookie TE's rarely do much their rookie season (most have said this position is one of the toughest to learn) it'll be a little frustrating to watch choice #1 not playing at all this year or next (baring injury and if he can beat out Boyle) and choice #3 sit.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 12, 2020 at 09:35 pm

Any WR....even if he got ALL the snaps and targets at #2...won’t help us as much as a RB who can keep moving the chains.

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hobowilly's picture

May 12, 2020 at 09:02 pm

Nice Susanna! I guess there's the right way to spell your name! LOL.
So, the highlight of your overview to me was your conclusion that Dillon will be a nice compliment to Jones/Williams. Some are saying this means GB may not be able to afford Aaron Jones, and/or there goes Williams. I say........WHY NOT go with all three for the foreseeable future (that is) if Dillon performs well this upcoming season. For me, in using the CHTV guide, Dillon appeared to be "well hidden" in their coverage of him. When you compare combine stats/college reps & accolades, i would have rated Dillon easily a top 5, and perhaps a top 3 RB candidate. He appears to be durable, at least @ college level!

As a fan, if my unprofessional viewpt of draft status/value is questionable, i'd share that Dillon may have been one of the better choices given BPA. Yet IMHO, i think DeGuara may have been selected one round too early. I hope he smashes this remark by performance! From my chair, i already see MLF being able to use players better than MM

Congrats on your first fine article Susanna, thank-you!

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hobowilly's picture

May 12, 2020 at 09:22 pm

To leatherhead. Agreed, but i don't recall MLF's first year being what MM tried to do in several of his last years (esp. after Lacy went kaput after a couple seasons) which was succeed in winning TOP. MM did okay, but when he'd constantly brought in a heavy package and bigs like Lacey would get hit in the backfield on critical 3rd/4th downs it was futile. Wrong since MM did everything but announce it was an off tackle play. To add to this, MM had no clue how to use the Big Dog. So glad we're with MLF and Gutey!

Now, we can watch more creativity & hopefully improved game scheming. 13-3, 6-0 was exceptional in his first year. I'd be glad to have 11+ wins this next season with the target on our back now.

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RedRight49's picture

May 12, 2020 at 09:45 pm

I like Dillion the player although I was a bit surprised at his 2nd round selection by Gute.

That said, if Dillion can be a reliable short yardage gaining power back - then he can become a great early round pick.

If Dillon can keep the chains moving, pick up first downs or at least provide more 3rd and short downs rather than 3rd and long downs and, keep the D on the bench a few more minutes a game, he can be a real asset to the Green and Gold.

We have all seen how tough bruiser backs can be on opposing teams -so am looking forward to the unleashing of GB's newest bruiser back.

The various possible backfield combos of Jones, Williams and Dillon can become a real defensive scheme headache for opponents and, open up more opportunities in the passing game.

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Lphill's picture

May 12, 2020 at 10:18 pm

The run game depends on the guys doing the blocking, I don’t know if the Packers have those guys.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 13, 2020 at 10:42 am

Footballoutsiders rated the offensive line #5 at run blocking last season. We have some good run blockers on offense. Lazard, Lewis, DeGuara, Turner, Wagner , Jenkins.....these guys are on the field because of their run blocking abilities.

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May 13, 2020 at 07:20 am

Much is being said about Dillons short area quickness and 7.14 3 cone. Historically the Packers do not place as much emphasis on 3 cone for backs over 220 lbs. Is he as elusive as Aaron Jones?? Of course not, that is not his game. But he can make tacklers miss. He has a nice jump cut which forced some missed tackles. His size and movement still resulted in an RAS over 9. Looking forward to Dillon running over people. Bottom line he has more than enough quickness for a man nearly 250 lbs.

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dobber's picture

May 13, 2020 at 10:01 am

Agreed: he's mostly a one-cut back and will likely see most of his production inside the tackles.

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May 13, 2020 at 09:54 am

Nice article. The main thing for me is, if this kid can help in making sure that the other teams defense is more tired than ours in the 4th frame, then I see absolutely nothing to complain about. I’m at least excited to find out.

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