3. Justice Hill, RB, Ravens
Justice Hill is one of a number of former Ravens mid-round draft picks fighting for a roster spot this summer. And right now, he’s probably on the outside looking in.
A fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Hill received some opportunities as a rookie rushing for 225 yards and two touchdowns on 58 carries, but he failed to establish himself as a fixture in the Ravens’ offense.
Following the addition of J.K. Dobbins the following year, Hill’s role decreased dramatically as he carried the ball just 12 times for 60 yards in 2020.
The former Oklahoma State speedster was seen as a potential cut candidate the following summer, only for both Dobbins and Gus Edwards to go down with season-ending injuries. All of a sudden, it seemed as though Hill was set for the biggest opportunity of his career.
That was until he tore his ACL and landed on the season-ending injured reserve as well. Now, Hill finds himself in a similar place as he did last year, only with more competition and less time to prove himself.
Dobbins and Edwards are back and they’ve been joined by veteran Mike Davis as well as rookie Tyler Badie. Badie has quickly made a strong impression this spring while Hill remains sidelined as he rehabs his knee injury.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, it’s hard to see Hill surviving final roster cuts, although his special-teams prowess could earn him an extended look.
He’s fighting for his roster spot this summer, and that fight is likely an uphill battle.