Since being released by the Giants, Ravens safety Will Hill has walked the straight and narrow. Multiple trips on the NFL's substance abuse list and several off-field issues that saw him in court as a defendant is why the New York Giants had to get rid of an incredibly talented player.
Some would argue Hill was the reason Baltimore clinched another playoff spot, stabilizing the secondary when it needed it the most. If his performances against Pittsburgh and New Orleans are an indicator of things to come, there is no doubt he could add his stamp as one of the league's elite safeties.
Despite playing only 12 games, Hill graded out as the league's sixth best safety, per Pro Football Focus. Another fact to keep in mind, is that Will Hill played a grand total of one game roaming behind Jimmy Smith. Coincidentally that one game was the best defensive performance of the year, and in my opinion, the best defensive performance since the very first 'Harbowl'. The week six dismantling of the Atlanta Falcons was the one game where it all came together.
Now paired with Kendrick Lewis, who is expected to be at the very least better than awful, (l'm looking at you, Matt Elam) and in a contract year, Hill has the opportunity to not only get paid in the 7 to 10 million dollar range but to officially become entrenched as Ed Reed's successor, in the head of the coaches and in the heart of the fans. At the very least, the Ravens will get one heck of a stepping stone at the position this season.