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Bengals with two rookies on Mel Kiper's all-rookie team

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Cincinnati Bengals rookies Jeremy Hill and Ryan Hewitt were named to Mel Kiper's all-rookie team this year. Did any one else deserve mention?

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Running back Jeremy Hill and h-back Ryan Hewitt were named on Mel Kiper Jr's all-rookie team Wednesday.

Jeremy Hill at running back:

Another one that worked out. In August I said, "The 220 carries that BenJarvus Green-Ellis got last year should go to Hill" -- and that's what happened. The Law Firm was gone, and Hill almost exactly matched the carry total. He finished with 222 carries, and at 5.1 yards per carry was a major force as he topped the 1,000-yard mark in his first year. Tre Mason and Andre Williams were also in the picture here. I do think a healthy Carlos Hyde can go off next year. And if Isaiah Crowell and Terrence West were one person, they'd win this. That's a solid tandem for the Browns.

Jeremy Hill log

Hill was a rookie of the month candidate for the months of November and December -- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. won both months.

In November, Hill led all rookies with 488 yards rushing on 94 carries (5.2 yards/rush average) and three rushing touchdowns (tied for most among NFL rookies). Cincinnati's rookie running back added 441 yards rushing in the month of December, averaging 5.7 yards/rush and three rushing touchdowns -- as well as three 100-yard rushing games.

Ryan Hewitt at H-back/fullback:

Now, Hewitt is really more of an H-back, but he did well as blocker and also caught 10 passes. The Stanford product didn't get drafted, but he's going to stick. For a pure old-school fullback I'd put Jay Prosch of Houston in here as well. He was my preseason pick but didn't get enough reps to top Hewitt.

Entering the league as a tight end with experience at fullback, Hewitt was one of the league's top players that played fullback last season. Per Pro Football Focus:

Hewitt PFF scores