Jeremy Hill   RB   LSU

TALENT BOARD ROUND 2

STRENGTHS
Jeremy has the size, speed and athletic talent to be a starting running back for the team that drafts him. He can break tackles and move the chains as well as take the ball all the way for a touchdown when his team is working inside the 50 yard line. He gives good effort when blocking and can catch the ball out of the backfield easily on screens and short routes over the middle. Jeremy is a one cut and burst style of running back that, once he gets into the defensive backfield, will break at least one tackle before he is brought down. He shows good balance and is the type of running back that falls forward, gaining an extra yard or two on every play. Jeremy runs out of the conventional two back set and between the tackles is quick to the line of scrimmage and hits the hole with excellent power and force to move the pile on goal line and third and short situations.

CONCERNS
Jeremy is not going to get many yards by himself. He has to have good blocking because he is what I call an assignment runner. That means he hits the hole that is called in the huddle because if he doesn’t, or the block is not there, he will be tackled in the backfield. He is not a quick change of direction, vision in the hole, explode off his lateral agility, cut on a dime running back. He is a hit the hole and watch out linebackers and defensive backs type of running back. He will have to improve his blocking on passing downs because right now that is assignment blocking also. He does not read defenses or change his blocking assignment once he breaks the huddle.

BOTTOM LINE
Jeremy is a perfect fit for an offensive line zone blocking scheme that so many teams at the next level run. He is a one cut between the tackles and explode through the hole into the defensive back field type of runner. He has some wiggle to his running game and is very athletic, but if you get his shoulders turned or break into the backfield before he gets into his cut, he will not charm you with a juke or a quick cut to make you miss him. He might run through your tackle to make you miss, but he’s not going to out “change of direction” you. Once he gets into the defensive backfield, he is fast and powerful and if you’re not a very good tackling team, he will gain 6 yards a carry all afternoon. There is a lot of Eddie Lacy to Jeremy’s game, but he is not as strong or quick right now. The good news is that he has the potential to get stronger and quicker as well as learn better techniques so that he can run wide and set up his blocks instead of just hitting the hole as fast and as quick as he can. Jeremy can become a top running back for the team that selects him in this draft because he can run the ball in the fourth quarter when you need to win a game and everyone in the stadium knows he is going to get the ball. Give him some time to read defenses, improve his pass blocking and learn to power run outside the tackles by setting up his blocks and this kid should be an impact player for the team that drafts him.

Drew Boylhart
MAR/2014