Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers running back Jeremy Hill (33) is tackled by Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back B.J. Lowery (19) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Draft Grade: Cincinnati Bengals Select Jeremy Hill

The Cincinnati Bengals selected running back Jeremy Hill with the 55th pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Scheme Fit

There is no such thing as too much talent at any position and as a defensive team the Cincinnati Bengals would be smart to load up at running back.  Jeremy Hill is as close to a complete back as it gets.  He’s big, strong, displays great vision and is deceptively good as a pass catcher.

My Reaction

From a value standpoint I love this pick but I don’t know if the Cincinnati Bengals picked the right offensive position.  I’m of the opinion they need a quarterback to compete with Andy Dalton.  Still, Hill could become an outstanding wingman to Giovani Bernard and perhaps take the offensive load off the shoulders of Dalton.

Grade:  B

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  • Tim Roeder

    I hope they knew what they were doing picking him over Carlos Hyde…. And over Marcus Martin. And over Kony Ealy. And over Morgan Moses…. Not as confident in this pick as round 1′s

    • Erik Lambert

      I understand he has some red flags but he’s taller than Hyde and a better pass catcher. Marvin Lewis doesn’t fear character concerns, as you well know. The potential here is home run level, but it’s a risk.

  • Noah Yost

    Here’s how I see the pick. Law Firm has 0% chance of breaking a long run, and has had ball control issues. Hill is just as good at short yardage and can get extra yards. He also costs way less than BJGE against cap if we drop him.

    • Erik Lambert

      Fair points.

    • Ron Fulton

      I’m not saying it was a bad pick, I am saying that Borland would be a better pick, so Berfict could move to his natural position. I would be willing to bet that by half way into the season Borland is a starter. Just my opinion.

  • Ron Fulton

    They should have taken Borland here and moved Berfict to his natural position. Bad pick.

    • Noah Yost

      It’s so hard to judge. IF…(and I say if since the kids a sophomore and we only have college to go off of) he could be a great back! I feel Borland was a good college player but may not transition to NFL great IMO.

      • Ron Fulton

        I watched him play many times and San Fran took him. That should tell you something. Just remember I mentioned it.