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Jeremy Hill NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Bengals RB

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Jeremy Hill #33 of the LSU Tigers runs past Jonathon Mincy #6 of the Auburn Tigers on his way to scoring a touchdown at Tiger Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2014

Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU (HT: 6’0½”, WT: 233 lbs.)

Cincinnati Bengals

Second Round: 55th Pick

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmHand
600523332 5/8"10 3/8"
NFL.com
Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.661.5629.5"9'5"DNPDNP
NFL.com

Positives

  • Very good balance, a big back that gains yards after contact. Has a strong lower body and simply bounces off of would-be tacklers.
  • A downhill, north-south runner with excellent power. Difficult to stop when he has a full head of steam. Is a runaway train that barrels through defenders.
  • Capable receiver out of the backfield. Demonstrates soft hands and solid route-running ability.
  • Drives his legs and displays the ability to push the pile. Has a tendency to fall forward.
  • Flashes a jump cut, stiff arm and spin move to help him separate from defenders, can be slippery.
  • Appears to be a decent athlete. Although he usually shows buildup speed rather than explosive burst, he eats up chunks of yardage with long strides.
  • At his best when running decisively. Hits the hole hard with a lot of momentum.
  • Excellent size at roughly 6’2”, 235 pounds. Defenders struggle to wrap him up in space.
  • Very productive in only two seasons at LSU. Finished his career with 28 rushing touchdowns and set an SEC record with 6.9 yards per carry as a sophomore.
  • Great ball security. Had 371 touches in college and fumbled only once.
  • Has been durable to this point and does not have much wear on his tires. Young player with fairly high upside and fresh legs.

 

Negatives

  • Average lateral agility, he is not overly quick or dynamic. Does not make explosive cuts.
  • Not very elusive. Does not make defenders miss often and shows very little wiggle.
  • Poor pass-blocking technique. Drops his eyes and is beaten easily by pass-rushers.
  • Tall, upright runner that gives defenders a huge target. Must improve pad level.
  • Average acceleration and lacking great top-end speed. He can be caught from behind and is not much of a breakaway threat at the next level.
  • Inconsistent effort as a pass-blocker, is often late to react.
  • Lacks the vision and quickness to unlock defenses, does not create much yardage.
  • Is not able to change gears easily, is a one-speed back.
  • Struggles to turn the corner. Does not have the burst necessary to take the edge.
  • Benefited from playing behind one of the nation’s biggest, most physical offensive lines. On many of his biggest runs, he was completely untouched.
  • Character concerns loom with two arrests during his LSU career. Maturity will be a big question and interviews will have a large impact on his draft stock.
Rushing Statistics
YearTeamCarYdsAvgTD
2012LSU1427555.312
2013LSU20314016.916
ESPN.com
Receiving Statistics
YearTeamRecYdsAvgTD
2012LSU8739.10
2013LSU1818110.10
ESPN.com

 

Personal Notes

  • 2013 Second-Team All-SEC.
  • 2013 Outback Bowl MVP.
  • Pleaded guilty to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a 14-year old in January 2012 after a 2011 arrest.
  • Arrested again due to an April 2013 bar fight. The incident was captured on video and Hill pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery. He was suspended indefinitely by LSU head coach, Les Miles, and sat out for the Tigers’ opening game against TCU.
  • Redshirted in 2011.
  • Majored in sports administration.

 

Ratings Chart

nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

A frustrating prospect to evaluate, Jeremy Hill flashes the talent necessary to be a feature running back in the NFL, but had the luxury of playing behind a physical offensive line that opened huge holes. Just a redshirt sophomore, he may have been better served staying in school and continuing to mature.

Although he is coming off a big season, character concerns could have an impact on his draft stock. He will need a strong organization to draft him in May, but has a chance to develop into a solid contributor.

 

Draft Projection: Fourth-Fifth Round

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