LSU star running back Jeremy Hill will forgo his junior and senior seasons for the Tigers and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to ESPN's David Ching. Hill just finished his sophomore season for LSU, compiling an impressive 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns. He capped his season off with a 216 yard/2 touchdown effort in LSU's Outback Bowl win against Iowa.
Hill has not been without controversy while at LSU. While already serving a two-year probation for a sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl in high school, he added a second criminal charge to his name when he was arrested in April of 2013 for punching another LSU student outside a Baton Rouge bar. He was temporarily suspended by head coach Les Miles, but after a judge ruled that Hill wouldn't have to serve any jail time, he was voted back on the team after meeting with teammates.
Ugh, ugh, and UGH! The ultimate case of 'risk vs. reward', Hill's NFL career will be an interesting one to watch unfold. The talent is there for him , but at this point, the discipline obviously isn't. The question is, can an NFL team that wants to draft him for the talent also put in the time that's going to be needed to help him develop into a professional athlete? Because, make no mistake, being a good football player doesn't mean you will be a good professional athlete. Being an NFL player requires responsibility, accountability, and discipline.
Hill has the elusiveness to shake tacklers in the open field, but at 6'2", 235 lbs, he can also run over smaller defenders. Built to last in the NFL, fantasy players can only hope that Hill can stay out of trouble and develop into a true professional. He's one of those players that could slip to the third or fourth round of the NFL draft, and end up a productive starting running back in his rookie season. He'll be an interesting one to see where he lands and how his training camp goes heading into the 2014 season.