Jeremy Hill – Running Back
Hill is a second-year sophomore but because he finished high school in 2011, he can make himself eligible for the draft. He didn’t enroll at LSU until January 2012 because of some off field issues that needed to be cleaned up. In 2012, Hill played as a rotational back and ran for over 750 yards. This year, he is the starter but still plays in a rotation. To date, he has run for 1185 yards and 14 TDs. He has caught 18 passes for 181 yards. He has very good size for a running back at about 6’1 – 235.
Hill is athletic, with quickness and great balance. He has adequate speed that I would estimate at being in the 4.6 area. He shows good initial quickness and has very good vision/instincts. He is a patient runner who makes good decisions. He is a good cutback runner who finds an opening and bursts through it. With his size and strength, he can run with power and is very good at getting additional yards after contact. He runs low and under his pads and keeps his feet moving. While I would not say he is the most elusive guy, he can make the first man miss.
Collins has some long runs, but he is not what I would call a breakaway threat. He is best as a between-the-tackles, inside runner who can nickel and dime a defense to death. He is also very reliable as a receiver, used mainly on checkdowns and screens. As a pass blocker, I have seen inconsistency. While he is willing, he does not consistently get and keep good positioning, and he needs to use his hands better.
From a physical standpoint, Hill is ready to play in the NFL. He has starter talent and will be a good between-the-tackles power guy. He needs to improve his pass-blocking skills. The question most teams will have is his off field character. He had an arrest in high school and another earlier this summer. These are issues clubs don’t want to deal with. With the running back position already being devalued in the draft, and with his legal issues, I can’t see Collins being drafted before the third round and I might be high there.
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