LSU running back Jeremy Hill admitted he trembled when head coach Marvin Lewis phoned him Friday night and told him the Bengals took him late in the second round.
Cincinnati hopes the balance of power in the AFC North turf wars shakes some, too, after they added the kind of big running back they used to be known for. So in an effort to give new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson’s revived running game fresh legs, the Bengals found a complementary back for slippery Giovani Bernard when they took the LSU Masher in the most concrete evidence yet of Jackson’s commitment to a physical, ball-control game that will be markedly different than years past.
The 6-0, 233-pound Hill averaged 6.9 yards per carry and racked up 1,401 yards running downhill on inside zones and multiple looks that fit the style of the AFC North.
The last time the Bengals drafted a 230-pound back in the second round? How about Elbert "Ickey,' Woods with the 31st pick in 1988?