The Indianapolis Colts will surely be looking at the running backs in this year’s draft class to determine which one(s) might be a fit for them. One back that they’re interested in appears to be Wyoming’s Brian Hill, according to the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder:
One RB I'm told #Colts have some interest in is Wyoming's Brian Hill. 4,287 career yards, including 1,860 in 2016. One of many, I'm sure.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) March 3, 2017
During his three years at Wyoming, Hill was very productive, rushing for 4,287 yards and 35 touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He didn’t produce much as a receiver (41 catches for 403 yards), but he made up for it with his running ability. He rushed for 1,631 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore in 2015, and then in 2016 he rushed for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns, ranking in the top four in the FBS in both categories. He then declared for the draft after his junior season. Hill is currently projected as a mid-round pick.
The Colts obviously need a young running back who they can pair with Frank Gore this year but who can also be their long-term running back, and this year’s draft class has plenty of really good prospects. There’s of course the top guys like Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook, but there’s talent throughout. That means that the Colts could address their defense early while waiting to take a running back with a mid-round pick, and so they’ll likely be looking at several of those types of backs - like Brian Hill. It’s unclear whether the Colts are meeting with Hill at the NFL Combine this week or not (I’d guess yes, if they’re interested), but it does sound like this is one name to keep an eye on for the Colts at the running back position - and there will certainly be several more to follow.