Atlanta Falcons training camp kicks off in a couple weeks. I can smell it. It’s an alluring scent, a complex combination of sweat, broken dreams, and pain. It simultaneously makes your nose burn and your heart flutter. So what lies ahead for this team? If the stars properly align and Kyle Shanahan stays at least 300 yards from Flowery Branch, a Lombardi trophy. The Falcons have lots of terrific players who can help them get to the promised land, but I want to talk to you about one player that’s flying under the radar in mid-July: Brian Hill.
The Falcons drafted Hill in the fifth round of April’s draft. Falling that far in the draft made him salty, because he expected to go much higher. (Fifteen other running backs were selected ahead of him.) It was understandably hard to stomach for Hill, whose 1,860 rushing yards ranked third in the NCAA last season. In fact, Hill was grumpily playing NBA 2K17 when Falcons head coach Dan Quinn called him on his cell phone. Fast forward two months and Hill has done nothing but impress the coaching staff and his new teammates.
You’re probably familiar with Hill’s collegiate body of work by now. He racked up nearly 4,300 rushing yards over 38 games (28 starts), averaging 5.5 yards a carry and rushing for 35 touchdowns. He averaged over 130 rushing yards a game during his sophomore and junior campaigns. If someone put up those numbers at an SEC school, they’d
likely fizzle in the NFL after getting drafted by a desperate team in the first round get a lot more respect. Hill played at Wyoming, facing off against perennial powerhouses CSU-Fresno and Utah State each season….
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