By: Steve Johnson
Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma St.
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 13 games. 206 att, 1142 yards, 5 TDs; 5 rec, 46 yards
2017: 13 games. 268 att, 1467 yards, 15 TDs; 31 rec, 190 yards, 1 TD.
Accolades: 2016 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, 2016 Big 12 Offensive Freshmen of the Year, 2016 Freshmen All-American, 2016 Second-Team All-Big 12
History: Three-star recruit out of Tulsa. Also received offers from Houston, Kansas, and Louisville. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Senior season.
Strengths: Quick feet, great lateral quickness. Great balance, bounces off a lot of tackles. Good cutting, could be a matchup nightmare on backers. Good speed and acceleration, can get to top speed quickly. Dangerous in the open field. Not afraid to lower his shoulder and typically falls forward. Really good vision, sees the hole and hits it. Can get lost behind the big boys.
Weaknesses: Size is an issue, can he be a 3 down back in the NFL? Really thin lower body. Isn’t going to churn his legs and push any pockets. Decision making is inconsistent. Goes down too easy in traffic. Wasn’t asked to do a ton in pass pro (limited tape). Played in a conference not known for great defense. Wanted to see him get the more in the passing game, but wasn’t used much (not necessarily his fault).
Overview: Hill is a shifty, energetic, change of pace back. I think his size ultimately limits his NFL ability, but someone will take a chance of his playmaking ability. He should be better used in the passing game and could end up as a returner as well.
Draft Projection: Late Day 2
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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