By Ballblogger Jesse
For the most part, going through life as well endowed as the Ballblogger is a luxury. Other times, however, it can be a bit of a burden and get me into trouble. Most of this trouble stems from the over-confidence that is brought upon by going through everyday life with such endowment. The following fantasy player comparison/analogy is one that most of you will think is out of line. But remember, it takes balls to win in fantasy and the Ballblogger has plenty in this department.
Jeremy Hill is the next Adrian Peterson. There, I said it. "But Ballblogger, you can't say that. That's crazy talk." Come on now? Remember people, this is the Ballblogger and I didn't become a Fantasy Legend by "quacking like the ducks." I became a Fantasy Legend by "soaring like the eagle."
The Ballblogger trusts his eye more than he values stats. But for the purpose of this exercise let's take a quick look at some stats as a starting point. Both AP and Hill played college ball for schools/teams in top conferences so we have somewhat a fair base of comparison. I know their O-lines, coaches etc..are all variables but like I said, this is just a starting point for comparison.
Adrian Peterson (in 3 seasons at Oklahoma) avg. 5.4 yards per carry and caught a total of 24 passes.
Jeremy Hill (in just 2 seasons at LSU) avg. 6.2 yards per carry and caught a total of 26 passes. (less tread on his tires and likely a better PPR weapon)
More Important Comparison;
Watching film of these two shows the Ballblogger a lot of similarities. They are pretty much the same size and weight although Hill may be slightly bigger in both. They also have very similar running styles. They are both athletic freaks who can shred defenses. They both have incredible strength, speed and elusiveness to bounce off, break and run over defenders.They also both have the key to maximizing their talents, and that is vision and reaction. Watch tape of these two and you'll see them identify the right point of attack and the right time to attack it.
Once they blast through the defensive line and shake off a linebacker, they can both take it to the house from anywhere on the field. Before his surgically repaired knee, AP was clocked at a 4.40, 40 yard dash. Jeremy Hill just ran a 4.66 at recent combine. I would guess they aren't too far apart in this category right now. The Alabama and Auburn defenders learned the hard way just how dangerous and elite of a talent/RB Jeremy Hill is..Now NFL defenders and coaches are about to learn the same.
More On Hill;
Jeremy Hill could have been the top pick overall in this years draft if recent RB busts like T.Rich hadn't tainted the RB early NFL draft approach. Another big knock on Hill's draft day value was his off field issues. They are well known/documented and they certainly bumped him down the charts on draft day. This created an absolutely amazing opportunity for Hue Jackson and the Bengals. Hill is the perfect RB for Hue Jackson's offensive system/philosophy. Hue will get the most out of Hill. Hue is a great mentor/coach and he'll help Hill find immediate success. Do your research on Hue Jackson and you'll see that he will commit to running the ball and he will have his team do this very well. Jeremy Hill will split carries with Gio Bernard but Hill be the goal-line back. Hill is already crushing it in camp. I'm seeing 10+ TD's, 1,000 total yards for Jeremy Hill this year. Draft him and thank me later. You're welcome.
Please study some film/tape on both Hill and AP. I'm putting one together that I will share with you soon.
Like the Ballblogger, Rotoworlds Evan Silva is high on Jeremy Hill this year and Silva is no dummy.
See what Bengals beat writer and video host for The Cincinnati Enquirer
Paul Dehner, had to say about Hill here
See where I took Hill in the Ballblogger's Legends League Draft.