RB Justice Hill, Oklahoma St.*

5’10” – 198 lbs. – 4.40
Began his freshman year as a backup but ended up taking over the lead back role quickly, finishing with 206-1,142-6 versus 82 carries by Chris Carson, the team’s second-leading rusher. Went 268-1,467-15 as a sophomore, and then 158-930-9 as a junior before declaring for the draft. Also caught 49 passes over the course of his career, including 31 as a sophomore. Undersized runner who carried a pretty heavy load in college, but who might be destined for more of a rotational role at the next level. Jitterbug type who took a lot of his carries out of the shotgun on run-pass options, tending to run sweeps/off-tackle but doing some work between the tackles as well. Would often start off running horizontally on a stretch design and cut upfield when he found a lane. Able to make defenders miss in close quarters, running low to the ground and exhibiting good shake. Has the shiftiness to freeze linebackers one-on-one. Can often find a few yards by navigating through congested areas between the tackles. Lacks elite top-end jets but demonstrates pretty good burst when he finds a hole. As his size would suggest, has a difficult time running through tackle attempts, and doesn’t appear to have the type of power or leg drive to fight for yardage after contact; does a good job of getting low but is more likely to try and fall forward than he is to run through an opponent. Does demonstrate the ability to climb out of some ankle tackles when he gets into the open field. Pretty reliable receiver out of the backfield, making himself available in the flats on banana routes, etc. Was also lined up on the outside at times, catching tunnel screens. Not as much of an asset as a blocker; Oklahoma St. threw a lot of passes off of play-fakes, but didn’t show a lot of physicality in blitz pickup and may lack the size to make major contributions there in any event. Tends to lower his head and try to cut out an opponent’s legs, struggling to absorb power when taking on opponents upright. Does do a pretty good job of disguising his releases as attempts to chip defenders on the edge, though. May struggle to be one of the first backs off the board, but combination of footwork, vision, and quickness could make him a solid change-of-pace back out of shotgun formations such as the ones he ran from at the college level.

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