FLOWERY BRANCH — After he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round (156th pick overall), Brian Hill spent just fewer than three minutes speaking to the Atlanta media. It was a short moment filled with emotion and a perceived drive.
Hill said, in looking at Atlanta’s depth chart, that the Falcons had two good running backs and he didn’t think they were shopping for another.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Hill. “I didn’t expect the Falcons; no one in the house expected the Falcons. A lot of teams passed on me in this draft. The Falcons just got the best running back in this draft in the fifth round.”
The Falcons apparently were looking, and how Hill will fit in to this crowded backfield remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt he feels he’s ready for the challenge.
“They told me I had a great workout with [running backs] Coach [Keith] Carter when he came to Wyoming,” Hill said. “They loved the way I played and I just represent what they want in a running back.”
Hill said his team at Wyoming ran everything from outside zone (Atlanta’s style) to inside zone to power, gap schemes… “any way we could run forward at Wyoming, we did it.” When he did carry the ball, he battered would-be tacklers.
In 2016, Hill scored 22 touchdowns on 349 carries for 1,860 yards. That came after running 1,631 yards the year before. He was a workhorse who didn’t like the idea of being stopped. When asked to preview his style of running for Falcons fans, Hill didn’t hold back.
“My style is violent,” said the newest Falcons running back. “I run the ball with a passion. I run the ball with the will not to go down.”