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Drafted By: Falcons

Combine Results

Grade
5.45 ?
  • 4.54 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 125.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.03 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.32 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.29 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The Falcons gain a true downhill power back in Hill. He has the ability to grind out tough yards and close (important) games for the Falcons. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 219LBS. Weight
  • 8 7/8" Hands

Overview

Growing up in a St. Louis suburb, Hill was pushed into football by his mother, who wanted him to have an after-school activity to stay out of trouble. She paid him five dollars for every touchdown or sack to keep him motivated. Now he's looking for NFL money after three successful seasons with the Cowboys. He started four games as a true freshman (796 yards, seven scores rushing; 13-204 receiving), becoming the fifth FBS player ever with 200 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game (Fresno State, 387 total yards). Hill was a second-team all-conference pick in 2015, finishing eighth in the FBS with 135.9 rushing yards a game (281-1,631, six TDs rushing; 20-132 receiving). The load became even higher in his junior, as he carried the ball 349 times for 1,860 yards (ranked third in the FBS) and 22 touchdowns (fourth) in 14 games on his way to first-team All-Mountain West honors.

Analysis

Strengths

Has size of an every-down NFL back. Effort level runs high on each snap. Does a nice job of allowing lead blockers to usher him to perimeter freedom on sweeps. Confident and effective over tackles and around the end. Can crank it to top speed quickly once he turns the corner. Functional strength in lower body provides balance through contact. Legs rip through arm tackles. Runs with bend and leverages lead shoulder as blunt force into second-level tacklers. Has some lateral glide to slide away from tackle attempts and bounce it. Plays like it matters to him. Fumbled once in 349 carries in 2016. Understands protection responsibilities. Squares blitzers and gives vigorous effort as a blocker.

Weaknesses

Inside runs can be a little heavy-footed and lack tempo. Not a naturally instinctive runner. Vision isn't as clear as you would like along interior. Runs with some hesitation between tackles and will drop his head and bull forward rather than continuing to probe with wide eyes. Needs better timing for burst-gear through the crease. Can get caught up in the muck. Could use better finesse with his feet and his elusiveness is slightly below average. Is always in a rush and tends to crowd his blockers while they are trying to work. Heavy two-year workload included 630 carries.

Draft Projection

Round 4

NFL Comparison

Latavius Murray

Bottom Line

Hill has a good combination of size and speed and is able to grind out additional yardage for himself but is not necessarily a power runner. Hill is not a rhythmic runner and may need a clearly defined run track. His experience in a running scheme that featured gap, power and zone plays should help him acclimate quickly into an NFL running game as he competes to eventually become a committee running back with some value as a third-down pass protector.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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