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Major bust alert: ESPN projects rookie RB Brian Hill gets cut

Converted quarterback B.J. Daniels lands as the third running back spot. Does Hill join William Middleton as a 5th round pick that doesn’t even make it to game one?

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It is early, but it was surprising to see plugged-in beat writer Vaughn McClure of ESPN push 5th round pick Brian Hill off the roster. We expected the Falcons to look for an eventual replacement for one part of of the Devonta Freeman/Tevin Coleman combo, but not with a player with only a few pro snaps coming close to 28 years old.

Per Vaughn:

Freeman and Coleman, with a combined 4,527 yards from scrimmage and 39 touchdowns over the past two seasons, form arguably the best 1-2 running back combo in the league. Daniels, a college quarterback, has played quarterback, running back and receiver in the NFL and also has return ability, so he's the wild card to surpass Terron Ward as the No. 3. Rookie draft pick Brian Hill struggled in minicamp but has potential.

This definitely feels way too early, but at least suggests that Hill has failed to impress the team. The Falcons would almost certainly try stashing Hill onto the practice squad, but that would put him at risk of being signed away by another team.

We all remember William Middleton, and not for anything he ever did for the team. Maybe Hill will play three lackluster seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars, too. Keep an eye on Hill through camp, as his roster spot is far less certain than expected.