Planning to rely heavily on their running game next season, the Ravens added another versatile back to their rotation.
The Ravens selected Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill with their first fourth-round pick (113th overall). Hill gained more than 1,000 yards rushing in two of three seasons at Oklahoma State and was a strong runner between the tackles, plus he has the shiftiness to make tacklers miss outside.
Hill said he did not make a pre-draft visit with the Ravens, nor was he aware the Ravens had interest. But he was excited to be headed to Baltimore.
“I just try to be versatile,” Hill said during a conference call. “I just want to be able to run the ball inside, outside, catch the ball, do anything they want me to. I just want to make plays, get the ball in the end zone and win games.”
Even after the Ravens signed running back Mark Ingram during free agency, Head Coach John Harbaugh said he would not mind adding another back to the rotation that includes Ingram, Gus Edwards,[comma] and Kenneth Dixon. At 5-foot-10, 198 pounds, Hill ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, as the Ravens continue to add more speed to their offense.
Hill said he models his game after Saints Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara, and is excited to be joining a run-heavy offense. Hill looks forward to playing with Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
“It’s going to be nice having a dual threat,” Hill said. “Him being such a dangerous runner, he’s a great quarterback altogether. He’s won the Heisman Trophy, been to the top level, led the team last year. It’s going to be nice being in the backfield with him.”