2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Justice Hill
Position: Running Back
School: Oklahoma State University
Weight: 182 pounds
Draft Projection: Day 3
If you judge Hill solely on his frame, you would not expect him to have that killer instinct. Yet, in the red zone, his approach changes. He will run with enhanced ferocity. That is to say, Hill uses a bit of power when approaching the goal line. Granted, he is not running people over. However, the stiff/guide arm becomes a bit quicker and a bit heavier. Overall, Hill shows the ability to change the course of a game with electrifying athleticism.
What separates Hill from many in this class is his agility. Not to mention, how he breaks tackles with elusiveness. First, stringing together quick jump cuts takes a combination of timing, patience and vision. Hill will set up defenders by moving their feet with his moves. By forcing the action, the linebacker or safety will need to commit to approach angles, in order to make a tackle. If the guess wrong, Hill slides by, gaining another five or eight yards. On the other hand, passive approach with reaching or lunging will probably see Hill either spin or fade away from them.
Hill gets to speed in a hurry. With little gather, seeing him streak down the sidelines or middle of the field became a common occurrence. In the OSU offense, predicated on gaudy passing numbers, Hill would streak by linebackers and defensive backs alike. Combined with his agility, Hill will gain yards in large, significant chunks.
At the next level, Hill should see his snaps involve targets in the passing game. As a result, his agility on the perimeter will be a great asset. However, in the NFL, Hill will need to expand his route tree. Granted, his agility can make the basic swing pass appear explosive. Yet, a diversified tree will place Hill in advantageous spots.
While the Raiders continue to build a roster, the running back situation remains up in the air. In Hill, Oakland would enjoy the perfect complement to whatever power back that will occupy the lead spot. Immediately, Hill becomes the backup. Doug Martin should slide into the third position. Additionally, Hill possesses more athleticism than both DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. Jon Gruden needs a change-of-pace back that threatens defenses all over the field.