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Bengals select RB Jeremy Hill out of LSU

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Bengals drafted running back Jeremy Hill with the team's second round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

"He stepped up and was going against the tough SEC," said running backs coach Kyle Caskey. "When it came to pass protection, he stepped in there. He was coached to do that."

Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson added, "He knows how to run the power play. He knows how to run downhill. He's physical. He can play on first down, second down and third down. He can catch. He had exactly what we're looking for."

Hill scored 28 touchdowns in two college seasons at LSU.

Hill missed one game of the 2013 season because of suspensions and has been arrested twice, the most recent for allegedly punching a man outside a bar in Baton Rouge.

Hill reportedly mailed a letter to all 32 NFL teams before the draft detailing the arrests and listing character references.

Andrew Whitworth, a Bengals offensive lineman and LSU product, tweeted the following after the Bengals drafted Hill:

"Congrats to @JeremyHill33.  We pumped to have ya lil bro !!  Welcome to the family !!

Hill joins a backfield that includes Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

With their third round selection, the Bengals picked defensive end Will Clarke out West Virginia.

"I have big, big motor, I use my size to my advantage," said Clarke. "I've also improved as a pass rusher."

Clarke also said the Bengals staff compared him to former defensive end Michael Johnson, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

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