Wes Hills

Slippery Rock
RB

Prospect Info

College
Slippery Rock
Hometown
Class
Wildwood, NJ
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
218 lbs
32 3/8”
Hands
8 7/8”

Prospect Grade

4.90
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
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Hills was a first-team All-State player in South Jersey, becoming Wildwood High School's leading rusher and tying the area's career touchdown record. Delaware signed him to an offer, and he played there for three years, earning the captain's letter twice. He spent his eligibility there battling injuries and academic issues. Hills played in 12 games for the Hens as a true freshman (10-8.1, one TD), contributing seven tackles and a blocked punt on special teams. Though he started just one game in 2014, he led UD in rushing (172-952-5.5, six TDs) despite starting just 1 of 12 games played and once again made seven special teams stops (and 9-53-5.9 receiving). After missing all but one game of the 2015 season due to a foot injury, he was only healthy enough during 2016 to start 5 of 7 games played but still led the Hens in rushing (88-728-8.3, seven TDs). Hills sat out the 2017 season due to academics, transferring to Division II Slippery Rock to complete his career. The 2018 SRU team captain became a second-team Associated Press All-American by rushing for a school-record 1,714 yards (on 246 carries, 7.0 average) and catching 28 passes for 193 yards (6.9 average). Hills will be 24 years old heading into his rookie season.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Long-legged runner with NFL size who lacks functional quickness, speed and durability. Hills missed almost 15 full games from 2015-2016 and then missed all of 2017 due to academics. His biggest season came against a much lower level of competition across from him at age 23. His running style is hindered a little bit by the option attack and off-set positioning his team him in. He may benefit if an NFL team allows him to play downhill from single-setback in camp.
Strengths
  • Big back with NFL size
  • Good production totals in every year he's played
  • Two-year team captain at Delaware
  • Averaged 180 yards per game with 13 touchdowns over last seven games
  • Recognizes developing running lanes
  • Eyes process and respond to sudden traffic
  • Falls forward as downhill runner
  • Adequate lateral agility
  • Has shown special teams talent when asked to play it
Weaknesses
  • High cut with very long legs
  • Will be a 24-year-old rookie
  • Missed extensive time in 2015 and 2016 due to injury
  • Academically ineligible for entire 2017 season
  • Dominant season came against lower level of competition
  • Long-strider who takes time to ramp up his speed
  • Change of direction and cut completion is to gradual
  • Not enough speed to get to the edge
  • Below-average tackle breaker for his size

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league