NFL Draft Analysis: P.J. Hill, RB, Wisconsin Badgers

by Zach Sanders on April 15, 2009 @ 01:00:00 PDT

 


University of Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill will forgo his senior season and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. In his three seasons as a Badger, Hill rushed 770 times for 3,942 yards and 42 touchdowns. Hill also caught 39 passes for 358yards and two touchdowns in his collegiate career. Hill's best season was in 2008, his junior campaign, when he rushed for 1,569 yards and 15 touchdowns on 311 carries.

In March of 2009, Hill was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Madison, Wis., after leading police on a chase and crashing his car near his home. Hill is also facing a DUI charge in Arizona.

Strengths

  • Great production at the collegiate level
  • Size - 5-foot-10 1/4, 222-pound frame can handle the NFL
  • Blocking - good at picking up blitzes in pass protection
  • Great power-running back - outstanding leg drive

Weaknesses

  • Slow - ran a 4.63-second 40-yard dash at his March 4 Pro Day
  • Not quick enough to cut the ball outside the tackles
  • Ball security - careless while fighting for extra yardage
  • Dances too much instead of driving forward
  • Durability concerns after missing time in 2007 with a foot injury
  • Off-the-field issues after two alcohol-related arrests

Expected draft placement

After Hill's run-ins with the law, his already falling draft stock plummeted. There is now a very realistic chance he will not be drafted.

In the NFL, Hill will likely be used as a goal line and third-down back, in the mold of the Seattle Seahawks' T.J. Duckett or free agent Ron Dayne. Hill could also be converted into a fullback by a team with a need at the position, but that seems unlikely given his size.

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