The Cincinnati Bengals have a great one-two punch in the running game with Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Despite that, the Bengals front office decided to draft another running back in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The rookie running back is Jeremy Hill and he will have an impact in the rushing game.
Hill is expected to overtake Law Firm’s spot as the No. 2 running back. He opened OTAs as second on the depth chart, behind Bernard. If Hill begins the 2014 season as the backup, he will take some value away from Bernard, who most likely won’t be an every-down back.
During his two years in college, Hill was a part-time running back. He had 345 carries for 2,156 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also had 26 receptions for 254 receiving yards. While he won’t reach those totals in his first two seasons with the Bengals, he will take away some touchdowns away from Bernard.
Hill should be drafted as a handcuff by anyone who owns or plans to own Bernard. He will have value in deeper leagues as a mid-to-late round selection. Bernard is expected to carry the ball 230 times, along with 70 receptions. That kind of wear and tear may affect the young running back, which bodes well for Hill’s fantasy value.
In keeper/dynasty leagues, Hill is a mid-round pick and jumps to a second or third-round pick in rookie drafts. With his size, 6-foot-1, 233 pounds, Hill will be the bruiser of the two running backs and plow his way into the endzone.