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Three Intriguing NFL Landing Spots for Justice Hill

Where Justice Hill could thrive in the NFL.

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Earlier this week I took a look at some potential NFL landing spots for former Oklahoma State wide receiver Tyron Johnson. Now, I want to take a look at some possible destinations for talented running back Justice Hill as he prepares for the NFL draft.

Hill recorded 3,549 yards on 632 carries (5.6 yards per carry) and scored 30 touchdowns on the ground during his OSU career. In addition, he tacked on 304 receiving yards on 30 receptions, including one touchdown catch. The All-Big 12 first-teamer’s elusiveness and speed, shown in runs like the one below, have caught the eye of plenty NFL scouts.


So, what are some potential landing spots for Hill in the NFL? I’m going to take a look at three teams below where I think he would be a good fit.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs will most likely look to improve the defensive side of the ball early and often in the upcoming draft. However, with the release of Kareem Hunt, Kansas City is looking for a dynamic playmaker who can handle a large workload in the backfield next to Patrick Mahomes.

Damien Williams did well filling in after Hunt’s departure, but he seems more suited for a backup/change of pace role in this offense. Former LSU Tiger Spencer Ware has shown some flashes, but he’s had injury troubles that have plagued him throughout his NFL career. Another LSU Tiger, undrafted rookie Darrel Williams, saw some action, but I don’t think he’s a long-term No. 1 guy for the Chiefs.

They are looking for a back who can do it all — catch passes out of the backfield, line up in the slot, handle a significant amount of carries and protect Mahomes in pass pro. Hill may have some room to improve in pass protection, but he does everything else I listed very well and I think he would be a great fit in this offense.

Philadelphia Eagles

Last season’s Super Bowl champions have a lot of question marks surrounding the running back position heading into the offseason. Longtime pro and former Kansas State Wildcat Darren Sproles may retire and Jay Ajayi is heading into free agency. The Eagles do return leading rusher Josh Adams, along with Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement, although Smallwood is heading into the final year of his rookie contract.

Even though these three guys are returning, the Eagles should still look to get a high upside running back in the draft as they had one of the worst rushing attacks in the league this past season. It really showed in their playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints as they only rushed for 49 yards on 16 carries. The Eagles could use a dynamic young back to compliment the other talented players they have on offense, and I think Hill fits that mold.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens really need some help on offense to take the pressure of their new franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson. Whether it be at receiver or running back, Baltimore needs to add some talent around Jackson. The Ravens ran Jackson too much and too often during this past season, and he needs a running back who can take some of the load off and reduce the amount of hits he takes. In addition, Jackson needs a running back who is a capable receiver that he can find on release routes when the pocket collapses.

Baltimore running backs Alex Collins, Gus Edwards, De’Lance Turner, Javorius Allen and Ty Montgomery are all heading into some form of free agency, whether it be restricted, unrestricted or exclusive rights. The Ravens will most likely be able to keep a few of these guys, but none of these players seem to be their long-term No. 1 option. With how much the Ravens look to run the ball, they will need to find someone they feel comfortable with handling a bulk of the carries… and I personally think that guy could be Justice Hill.

 

 

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