AJ Dillon Green Bay Packers

Packers view second-round pick A.J. Dillon as more than just a power back

April 29, 2020

The Green Bay Packers had a surprising start to the 2020 NFL draft, to say the least. After selecting Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round, the Packers chose Boston College running back, A.J. Dillon, in Round 2.

With most of football media assuming Green Bay would target wide receiver with one of their first two selections, the quarterback/running back combination was a shock, to say the least.

Packers general manager Brian Gutenkust defended his decision to take the 247-pound bruising running back by suggesting he offers more than just between-the-tackle value.

“In our offense, there’s probably more room for his creativity than what he did at Boston College, and a lot more in the passing game,” Gutekunst said during a conference call Friday night. “As we went through the process in the spring, his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield for a man his size was something – again, he didn’t do a lot of it at Boston College – but it was attractive to us.”

Dillon was an overlooked prospect throughout the 2020 draft process. And while his talent certainly warranted Day-2 consideration, his ascension to the second round was unexpected.

His versatility was an attractive quality for the Packers.

“He’s really an all-around back,” Gutekunst said. “While he was not used in the passing game a ton at Boston College, it’s not because he’s not capable, it’s just kind of their offense. I think he’ll bring that to the table, and you’ll see more of that in his pro career.”

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