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Ravens 2019 Draft Likes & Dislikes: RB Justice Hill

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There’s a new tailback in town

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We’ve reached the third and final fourth-round selection in the 2019 draft: RB Justice Hill.

Rd. 4, Pick 113: RB Justice Hill

Likes: Consistency. Look at Hill’s stats and his yards per carry for all three seasons, in order: 5.5, 5.5, 5.9 [sports-reference]. You can’t help but feel excited for a talented and consistent tailback joining the fray. He’s also incredibly fast, posting a 4.4u second 40-yard dash. He’ll most certainly find the edge a few times in his rookie season when cutting around Orlando Brown Jr. or Ronnie Stanley. It’s those kind of plays which they drafted him for, too.

As we’ve heard Harbaugh preach time-and-time again, the offense needs playmakers. Hill is a playmaker as he dances past three defenders and marches in for the touchdown.

Dislikes: I’m one that will argue the size of players isn’t always worrisome. I think it’s all about how you protect yourself as a player in and out of the offseason. It’s shying away from contact when the linebackers and safeties cut off the lane. When you’re not built like LeGarrette Blount or Gus Edwards, get down. There’s no shame in protecting yourself for future plays. An extra yard on 2nd & 12 isn’t worth six games absent from a linebacker barreling through you. That being said, Hill doesn’t always protect himself and he’s 5-foot-10 and 198 pounds. That’s fresh meat for big linebackers who can find him before he burns through the gaps.

More importantly, Hill isn’t a three-down running back. He currently doesn’t provide pass-blocking or great hands to supply Lamar Jackson with a receiver out of the backfield. Maybe he can learn from Mark Ingram, but for now, Hill is competing for first- and second-down reps only.