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New Dawg in the Yard: Kendall Milton

In this article I break down Georgia running back Kendall Milton and what to expect from him in the future.

I’m going to discuss one of my favorite running back prospects of the 2023 NFL draft… the University of Georgia running back Kendall Milton. Let’s dive into Milton and his potential on your fantasy teams in the future.

Get to know the player

Milton has the prototypical size that you’re looking for in an NFL running back. Standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing in at 215 pounds during his freshman year, he was the No. 7 running back recruit in the nation. In the 2020 season, Milton saw little action behind Zamir White and Kenny Mcintosh, only carrying the rock 35 times for 193 yards with an average of 5.5 yards per carry.

Early in the season, fans were calling for Milton to start over running back Zamir White. Ultimately, that never happened, as White stepped up his game after being a bit hobbled to start the season. While White and James Cook decided to return to school, it shouldn’t hinder Milton’s upside this fall. Many expect him to take over the three-down roll in the offense with J.T Daniels returning under center. Milton is a buy-low for me currently in Campus to Canton leagues as he did not perform up to expectations during his freshman season. His ceiling is that he’s an eventual first-round running back in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Physical Attributes

After taking a look at Kendall Milton’s high school film, it’s easy to see why he was the No. 7 overall running back in his recruiting class. He has some wiggle to his game at the line of scrimmage, but he also hits the hole as soon as it opens. He rarely gets brought down on first contact and has enough speed to break 40-yard runs when the opportunity arises. Milton may never be a big-play kind of guy at the next level, but he doesn’t need to be. He’s got the power to push through defenders and enough wiggle to make a linebacker miss in the hole.

Milton can catch the ball out of the backfield, although he’s not going to be a four-to-five reception per game kind of back. He can certainly be a safety valve for the quarterback. Although he has plenty of power, he tends to run upright, which I’d like to see him improve on to get the most out of his bigger frame. I’d like to see him get some more work in the passing game and prove he can be a three-down running back.

Where Milton fits into your Devy and C2C Leagues

Milton is one of my favorite buy-lows in Campus to Canton leagues, as he has upside to be a great NFL running back. Look for him to be your running back No. 1 in your fantasy leagues in both college and eventual NFL league. Milton doesn’t come without his fair share of risk being unproven so far in his short collegiate career, but his upside outweighs the risk. He can be a steal in devy drafts and I hope my breakdown of him helps shed some light on his talent and upside. I believe Kendall Milton to be a difference-maker at running back for your fantasy teams without having to pay a steep price for him. However, that may only be the case for a short period of time, so get your shares while you can!

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