The Bengals second round selection of LSU running back Jeremy Hill caused considerable confusion among the striped masses. Indeed, for a team that doubled-down on running backs with Giovanni Bernard and Rex Burkhead in last year’s draft, the pick seemed like a waste at face value. Hill is a brawling, downhill runner whom draftnik pundits hailed in hipshot manner as the future replacement of the Law Firm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis. But if the draft showed us anything about the Bengals, it was that OC Hue Jackson’s priorities for this offense are not the same as his predecessor Jay Gruden… and for most Bengals fans, the change is welcomed.
At 6’1”, 233 lbs, Hill is comparable in size to his contemporary, running back Carlos Hyde from Ohio State. To be sure, Hill has minimum 10 lbs and 2” on any running back currently on Cincinnati’s roster. However, while size matters and scouting reports indicate greater strength between the tackles, Hill ultimately fails to see angles or provide any additional speed burst than that which BJGE already offers. Certainly, this may afford an upgrade in goal-line situations where both Green-Ellis and Bernard have struggled, but does it warrant the 55th overall pick?