2020 NFL Draft: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Scouting Reports

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting reports for 2020 NFL Draft prospects in the ACC, including Isaiah Simmons and Mekhi Becton.

Boston College Eagles
2020 NFL Draft Prospects

A.J. Dillon, RB

Career Snapshot: Three year starter who earned First Team All-ACC honors each of his three seasons with the Eagles. Earned ACC Rookie and Offensive Rookie of the Year awards in his freshman season. Led Boston College with 1,685 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in his junior season. Holds the programs’ all-time rushing record with 4,382 yards in just three seasons.

Positives: Ultra-productive college running back with great size who plays big football and is a battering ram who moves the pile on the inside. Runs through tackles and rarely gets brought down by a single defender.

Displays outstanding vision and effectively follows blocks. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield who extends his hands and snatches the ball away from his frame. Gets a lot of momentum going up the field and looks like a runaway train at times.

Negatives: Showed limited speed and quickness on film. Can’t improvise or turn the corner. Loses a lot of momentum when he cuts back against the grain. Scheme-limited.

Analysis: Dillon was incredibly productive the three years he played at Boston College and he can handle the load with ease. He’s a throwback runner who would’ve been a very high draft pick 15 years ago, but the one-dimensionality of his game pushes Dillon into the third day of the draft. He’s a terrific short-yardage ball carrier who would fit a power-gap system for an NFL team.

John Phillips, G

Career Snapshot: Three year starter who split time between left and right guard for the Eagles. Named Co-offensive Lineman of the week after the Week 2 game against Richmond. Father played football and baseball at Colgate University.

Positives: Large, powerful blocker who fires off the snap, keeps his feet moving and works to stays square. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees and keeps his head on a swivel. Explosive, knocks defenders off the line and seals them from the action.

Negatives: Ineffective in motion and really cannot slide in space. Stiffness hurts his ability to finish blocks. Only effective in a small area.

Analysis: Phillips is a tough, strong small-area blocker, but he must be put in a system that reduces his area responsibilities. His size and approach to the game could help him find a roster spot as a backup.

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