With their second overall draft choice, the Cincinnati Bengals elect to go offense. Surprising, to some, Marvin Lewis and the Bengals selected LSU running back Jeremy Hill.
Selection Grade: A
Hill gives Cincinnati’s offense, a more explosive, Benjarvus Green-Ellis. The 235 pound running back gained just over 1400 yards, during his sophomore season at Louisiana State University. That mark was enough to have the second most rushing yards for a season, in LSU history.
His down-hill running style did not, by any means, hinder Hill’s ability to make big-time plays and score touchdowns. The 21 year-old graced the end zone with his presence 16 times in 2013, while notching an SEC record 6.9 yards per carry.
Jeremy Hill will be the perfect balance to Cincinnati’s previous running back selection, Giovani Bernard’s quick and finesse style.
Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson and quarterback Andy Dalton will now have a potentially dominant run game. This move could ultimately aid in the Growth and protection of Dalton. That is why this pick deserves an “A.”