Name: Justice Hill
SCHOOL: Oklahoma State
CONFERENCE: Big 12
POSITION: Running Back
JERSEY: No. 5
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 190 lbs
CONS: Undersized, doesn’t bring a ton of power in his lighter frame. Shaky hands. Can have trouble putting his head down and taking what is there because of smaller size. Not the most elusive runner in the open field despite his balance.
CONS: Size is an issue, isn’t going to be a high volume back at the NFL level if teams want to keep him healthy and on the field. Has a poor habit of drifting too much with his check down routes, needs to be more deliberate to find open space and continue to make himself available.
PROS: Fantastic space player. Has nice burst, especially when planting a foot and turning north after pressing line of scrimmage. Does well to maintain velocity through cuts/gentle changes of directions to ‘slalom’ through second level. Has a great knack for making head-up defenders miss/bounce off his lower half — good understanding of space and angles. Lateral agility shows up in a phone booth in a big way: can make backside pursuit miss to open up backdoor. Can run crisp routes out of the backfield, work with scrambling QB with decent awareness, and make hands catches. Willingness in pass protection is nice to see.
CONS: I have vision questions. Seems to come into line of scrimmage and into defenders in space alike without a plan. From behind the line, will preempt his decision on zone flow especially, heavily relying on backside ‘bang’ pathway because of his proclivity in space. Decisions do not seem rooted in analysis of flow/space, but rather just off of instinct. Patience behind the line of scrimmage does not show up on tape for me — seems unwilling to let blockers clear a runway; becomes too urgent. Can’t stop on a dime and needs gather steps for sharp redirection, though step frequency is high enough that there isn’t a huge delay.
Beyond the line, will run into defenders/blockers unnecessarily; does not show the ability to manipulate second-level defenders early in the rep. Ends up kamikaze diving into contact with low pads and nice power from velocity, but is generally ineffective with this strategy given size constraints. Creator’s instinct leads to some big plays, but also leaves yardage out on the field.