2014 NFL Draft: RB Jeremy Hill Selected By Cincinnati Bengals

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Jeremy Hill – RB LSU, 6’1″, 233 LBS, 32 5/8″ Arm Length

Drafted Round 2, Pick 23, Cincinnati Bengals

Combine Results: 4.66 Forty | 29″ Vertical Jump | 113″ Broad Jump

  • Named as a Parade All-American in high school
  • Started final five games as a true freshman at LSU.
  • Recorded one of the best seasons ever for a RB at LSU in 2013 including the second highest rushing total in their history.

NFL Impact: Hill needs to move past his character issues if he wants to thrive in the NFL. He has the size and strength to be a full-time NFL back but his run-ins with the law and coaches will give some teams pause. Most recently, he was suspended for the 2013 season opener by coach Les Miles and not allowed to start the following game. After that though, he went on to have one of the best seasons in SEC history. Along the way, he broke Garrison Hearst’s record of averaging more than 6.8 YPC (6.9).

If Hill can focus solely on football and not let the outside distract him from doing his job, Hill could very well be the most productive runner in the draft. His size and strength should help him take on a larger role in the NFL quicker than some of the other smaller more undersized backs. It also helps that he was running in a pro-style offense at LSU.

Fantasy Impact: We will have to wait and see how the Bengals decide to bring Hill along. He’s got a million character question marks but that’s nothing new for the Bengals and head coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis has done a great job with the players they draft. 

But Hill will be battling for touches with Benjarvus Green-Ellis for now. But things could change quickly and I see the Law-Firm either losing his job soon or getting cut loose. Hill should be able to overtake him to be the thunder to Giovani Bernard‘s lightning. If Hill can stay focused, he might turn into a decent RB3 option at some point in 2014.