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P.J. Hill (RB)
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 222
College: Wisconsin
Conference: Big Ten
Hometown: East Elmhurst, NY
High School: Brooklyn Poly Prep
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Overview

Hill surprised many by declaring his intention to enter the NFL Draft after his true junior season, although it wasn't shocking given the likely platoon at the position for the Badgers in 2009 and the short lifespan of NFL running backs. In three seasons with the Badgers, he rushed for almost 4,000 yards and 42 touchdowns. Although he was productive at Wisconsin, he doesn't rate as excellent in any one facet of his game and scouts wonder if he'll hold up in the pros considering his injury history and physical running style. Had an arm span of 32 1/2 inches at the combine.


High School

Rated by Rivals.com and SuperPrep as one of the top 16 players in New York ... MSG Network Heisman High School All-Star and two-time first-team all-city selection by Newsday ... New York City player of the year finalist ... Team MVP in 2004 after he carried 166 times for 1,421 yards and 17 TDs ... Career rushing totals included 464 carries for 4,012 yards and 48 touchdowns ... Three-year letterwinner in both football and track and field ... Football coach was Craig Jacoby.


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Analysis

Positives: Good height, adequate upper body build and long arms. Downhill runner who is best between the tackles. Generally shows patience to let the blocks develop in front of him. Good burst past the line once he hits the hole. Uses nimble feet to spin or wiggle to sidestep tacklers in the hole or in the backfield. Has re-worked his body to get stronger and leaner. Lowers his pads to run over defensive backs at the second level. Effective stiff arm keeps defensive backs off him at the second level. Churns his legs to get extra yards, especially in short-yardage situations. Good effort in pass protection, and will throw a shoulder or take multiple shots at a blitzer to sustain. Not used as a receiver often in Wisconsin's offense, but has shown some ability there to handle swing passes and bowl over defenders in space.


Negatives: Runs upright. A bit top-heavy, which makes him susceptible to cut tackles. Not quick laterally, does not sink his hips to cut and may find it tough to avoid tackles by NFL-quality defenders. Ball security has been an issue because he carries it in his stomach and sometimes tries to get the extra yard. Occasionally dances once through the hole instead of using his power. Lacks breakaway speed. Will miss in pass protection on quicker safeties coming on the blitz. Has played through multiple nagging injuries, including missing significant time with a foot problem in 2007, which raises durability questions.


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