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While Hill's probation for an off-field battery charge has been lifted early, the jury's still out on whether a recurrence of legal issues dating to his high school days will impact the draft slot of the between-the-tackles running back. On the field, he's been regarded as a top-five running back in this year's draft due to his bruising, downhill style. But given the devaluation of the position in recent years, that label means little when projecting the round in which he'll be chosen. Conversely, his position's limited shelf life at the pro level was a main reason he elected to leave LSU with two years of eligibility remaining and put his mileage to use in the NFL as a 21-year-old. A 4.66-second time in the 40-yard dash at the combine didn't thrill scouts, and his balance has been called into question, but Hill's appeal comes with the physicality provided by his powerful frame. For the Tigers, that running style translated to 1,401 rushing yards in 2013, which ranks second in school history despite being suspended for the season opener. His 6.9 yards per carry established a new SEC record, though plenty of that has also been credited to running behind an elite offensive line. His ability as a receiver out of the backfield has been praised, though there are concerns about his route running due to limited inclusion (26 career receptions) in the passing game at LSU. His effort in pass protection needs improvement, and his one-handed ball protection in traffic is a concern, but Hill fumbled just once in 371 career touches.