Justice Hill Is Making a Powerful Statement

Justice Hill Is Making a Powerful Statement

A number of running back duos over the years have been referred to as “Thunder and Lightning” if one of them is a power back and the other is speedy. This preseason, Ravens rookie running back Justice Hill is looking like a one-man “Thunder and Lightning,” the perfect storm against opposing defenses.

Everyone knew about the fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma State’s speed – he posted the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.4) among running backs at the NFL Combine in February – but his physicality belies his 5-foot-10, 200-pound frame.

“Hill’s speed offers a strong complement to the Ravens’ bruising ball-carriers, and in the preseason, he’s displayed signs that he can muscle through defenders, too,” Penn Live’s Aaron Kasinitz wrote.

When Hill was asked after Saturday’s practice if he feels people underestimate his physicality and power, he replied: “Yes, for sure. I feel like they just think I’m a speed guy, or just because I’m 200 pounds, they think I’m just straight speed. But I feel like I have a good package, and I’m going to be able to do a little bit of everything. Yes, I feel like that’s a part of my game that is pretty much slept on.”

Anyone who doubts Hill’s strength need only look at the video that has surfaced of him squatting 565 pounds in college.

“He actually got mad that [Assistant Athletic Director/Athlete Performance Rob Glass] stopped him there. He wanted to go up,” Oklahoma State Strength and Conditioning Assistant Gary Calgano replied on Twitter.