If there’s one lesson the Baltimore Ravens are trying to teach, it’s that speed kills. Not only did the Ravens draft one of the fastest quarterbacks to ever play the game in Lamar Jackson in last year’s draft, but they added one of the fastest wide receivers of this year’s draft, and now, the fastest running back of the draft. With the 113th pick of the NFL Draft, the Ravens selected Oklahoma State running back, Justice Hill.
Hill was a productive running back at Oklahoma State. As a Cowboy, he ran for 3,539 yards over three years. According to Dane Brugler of the Athletic, Hill broke for over 20 yards on 41 plays in college. He proved his speed at the NFL Combine, where he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. The Baltimore Ravens wanted to find a home run hitter at running back. They now have one in Hill.
The Ravens running back group will be interesting to watch develop. The Ravens now have six running backs on the roster. De’Lance Turner and Tyler Ervin are not expected to make the roster, but the Ravens have four others, and will only be expected to keep three. The move will put former fourth-round selection Kenneth Dixon on notice. Due to injury and suspensions, Dixon has never played a full year for the Baltimore Ravens. He will enter training camp on the roster bubble.
The 2019 NFL Draft is proving to be an uncharacteristic one for the Baltimore Ravens. In his first draft as general manager, Eric DeCosta is focusing on offensive skill position players. With the first four picks, the Ravens drafted three, two wide receivers, and one running back. The only defensive player drafted so far is Jaylon Ferguson, the Louisiana Tech edge rusher that broke Terrell Sugg’s NCAA sack record. The Ravens have four picks remaining, and will likely attack other needs at interior offensive line and inside linebacker.