Missouri Western's Michael Hill (right) earned offensive MVP honors after rushing for 148 yards. Dave Martin/AP photograph

Michael Hill: Hidden gem pays visit to the Green Bay Packers


If you’re like me, you wouldn’t be able to find Missouri Western University on a map, nor would you have known about Michael Hill, that school’s running back, until it was reported today that he’s one of a handful of prospective draft candidates who visited the facilities at Green Bay this week.

The 5-11, 205-pound back from St. Joseph, Mo., rushed for 4,969 yards, 35 touchdowns over the course of his four-year career at the Division II school, which included 2,168 in 14 games this past season – a school record.

Based on those numbers, Hill was invited to the first Raycom College Football All-Star Classic, a game where he outshined many Division I teammates by rushing for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. He helped lead the Stripes to a 31-3 victory over the Stars. He had two long runs in that game, one for 44 and the other for 49 yards.

“You never know what to expect coming from Division II,” Hill said after the game. “You hear about the SEC and all that speed. I thought I could come compete and play with speed, too. I didn’t know what to expect. I guess I fit in.”

Hill started 14 games for the Griffons in 2012 and according to his school’s website, he was named First Team AP Little-America Team, First Team Daktronic All-American, first Team Beyond Sport College Network All-American, First Team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and was voted Offensive Player of the Year in the MIAA.

Even more impressive, Hill caught 93 passes for 882 yards and six touchdowns during his college career. At his pro day, Hill ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds – certainly not burning speed, but respectable.

According to nfldraftscout.com, Hill was rated thirty-seventh out of the 186 running backs rated by the site.

If the Packers are looking for hidden gem, could Hill be that guy. At least they’ve seen him with the visit. Whether Ted Thompson pulls the trigger on Hill, of course, remains to be seen.

Here’s a video of the Division II star …



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  • NFL Madness

    He doesn’t look all that fast, but he has a good cut and a little elusiveness

  • realpacfan44

    Smh why would we draft him when there’s way better backs that we can get ahold of. Leveon bell,Christine Michael,Eddie lacy,giovanni Bernard.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.holt7 Kyle Holt

      You probably won’t draft him ahead of any of those guys. He’s most likely a third day prospect and more realistically, and UDFA. He will be snatched up really quick if he’s not drafted, though. He dominated the Raycom game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

    No question, he would be a project. TT doesn’t like to draft RBs at all. Since 2005, he’s drafted 3 – James Starks (6th round), Brandon Jackson (2nd round) and Alex Green (3rd round). He might have a shot at Bell and Michael in later rounds, but Lacy and Bernard will be gone early. There are more pressing needs. He might even be able to get a guy like Hill as an undrafted FA. I just don’t see TT drafting any RB in the first 2 rounds … but hey, I’ve been wrong before.

    Thanks for the comments, guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.rochon.7 Scott Rochon

    Oh good, another late round or undrafted FA that will play well for 4 games, and TT will keep him for at least 3 years!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vvaitfang Vvait Fang

    Really liked the vid clip on this guy. He breaks tackles, good stiffarm too. But it looks like a lot of the tackling attempts were poor to start off with – wonder how he’d fare against pros. His cuts look smart, and I like the way he’s able to wait to see the blocks line up in front of him. What does stand out is that he did get some phenomenal blocking, something the Pack needs to work on. I like him as a middle-round choice, if they can’t draft any other RB earlier.

  • http://facebook.com/michael.gentry.follow MichaelGentry

    I hope the Pack can get him. He is good!

  • J Mack

    Whoever sleeps on this guy will be missing out, had a chance to see him at the Raycom All-Star Classic here in Montgomery and he was awesome, you can tell he has that “it” factor kind of like Russell Wilson..They laughed when I posted Russell will start and eventually become a Superstar, Remember Michael Hill, he will also become a household name.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.holt7 Kyle Holt

    Missouri Western *State* University. This guy is a beast running back and an absolte stand up human being. I’ve known him since he was 16 and could not honestly say a bad thing about him if I tried. I’m hopeful that he’ll wind up in Kansas City, but if Green Bay gets him, I’ll be a Packers fan any time they’re not playing the Chiefs.

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