Jeremy Hill is a freak of nature.
Hill's performance at LSU's pro day on Wednesday showed why he is the best running back prospect in the NFL draft.
Ross Dellenger and Sheldon Mickles of The New Orleans Advocate report that Hill ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash, which is significantly better than his 4.66 at the NFL combine. At 6'1'', 233 pounds, that speed led to NFL Network's Mike Mayock calling Hill a "top-level tailback."
Hill also has amazing ball skills and balance. According to DraftInsider.net's Troy Pauline, he looked spectacular during drills at LSU's pro day:
But forget about running around in no pads. On the field, Les Miles has never coached a better back at LSU than Hill.
He rushed for 28 touchdowns and more than 2,100 yards in his two seasons in Baton Rouge. However, it was not until midway through his first year that Hill started getting a respectable amount of carries.
Last season, Hill earned first-team All-SEC honors after rushing for more than 1,400 yards. He was consistent throughout the year, with spectacular performances against Auburn and Iowa. With his 216 yards against the Hawkeyes, Hill is the only back under Miles to rush for more than 200 yards in game.
The Tigers have had some good workhorses under Miles. Joseph Addai, Jacob Hester and Stevan Ridley are a few that have had successful NFL careers. None of them were as athletically gifted as Hill, though.
Hill's sublime abilities are impossible to ignore. Nevertheless, NFL franchises may avoid him due to his off-the-field behavior while at LSU. He has twice been placed on probation since 2012.
However, Hill has been proactive in getting rid of the negative stigma surrounding his troubled past. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, he sent a letter to all 32 NFL franchises before the combine addressing the subject.
He told Tiger TV at his pro day that he has overcome the adversity and will come into the league "humble" and with "the intention of playing right away."
There is no running back in the NFL draft that is as well-rounded as Hill. He is versatile and can block, catch, convert on third down or break a long run.
Former Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel and current NFL.com writer Gil Brandt believes Hill could be drafted late in the first round.
Rotoworld's Evan Silva said he could be a starter:
There are other great running backs in the draft. Auburn's Tre Mason, Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and Ohio State's Carlos Hyde will all be productive players at the next level. However, Hill will be an instant star, much like the Green Bay Packers' Eddie Lacy.
Bleacher Report's NFL Lead Draft Analyst, Matt Miller, has Hill as a fourth-round pick in his latest mock draft, with four running backs being drafted before him. In a league where young backs drafted late are of high value, the team that selects him could be golden if he goes that low.
Hill will be eye-candy for NFL fans. Not only can he run over defenders, but he can dance around them in the open field. The former Redemptorist High School star had seven runs of 50-plus yards in his college career.
Hill will be easy to find next season. If a fan wants to watch him, just pre-order the Red Zone Channel. Andrew Siciliano will be calling out his name quite often.
Stats provided by LSU Sports Information and cfbstats.com.
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