Hill is expected to be No. 2 on the depth chart behind Giovani Bernard in offensive coordinator Hue Jackson's run-heavy offense. Hill is expected to get short-yardage work ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who isn't a lock to make the final roster.
Hill ran for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns in college last season, averaging 6.9 yards per carry.
The drafting of
Hill was a part-time back in college so expect him to stay in that kind of role. He is faster than Green-Ellis, is more versatile than Green-Ellis and will be cheaper on the salary cap than Green-Ellis, so there could be a changing of the guard there. We'll see if that happens -- if it does then Hill will have a crack at a bunch of touchdowns this year and could evolve into a decent reserve Fantasy running back worth a pick before the late rounds. If it doesn't, then Hill will probably be the guy who gives BJGE or Gio a breather once or twice a game and thus won't be worth drafting. For those looking long term, Hill is fine to take with a mid- to late-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and a second- or third-round pick in rookie-only drafts.
With the No. 55 pick in the NFL Draft, the
The Bengals already have
Hill, who is a big back at 6-foot-1, 233 pounds, had 1,940 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns on 317 carries along with 254 receiving yards on 26 catches for the Tigers.
If the Bengals release Green-Ellis, Hill would form a formidable duo with Bernard in Cincinnati's backfield.
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