Jeremy Hill welcomes Bengals drafting a running back: 'Bring 'em on'

Jeremy Hill said if the Bengals use their No. 9 overall pick on a running back, 'They're probably going to be my backup.' AP Photo/Gary Landers

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill has certainly noticed the team's interest in running backs during the draft process. But if he's bothered by it, he's not showing it.

The Bengals, who hold 11 picks in the 2017 draft, have hosted several running backs this spring, including Leonard Fournette, Joe Mixon and Dalvin Cook. They pick No. 9 overall and have shown interest in drafting a running back with a high pick. Hill is entering a contract year and Giovani Bernard is coming off an ACL tear.

Hill's response?

"Bring 'em on."

In an interview with the NFL Network, Hill said he welcomes the competition.

"I sleep very well at night," Hill said. "I've got a great opportunity coming up ahead of me and that's why I've been grinding hard this whole offseason. If they want to draft a back high, go ahead and do it. They're probably going to be my backup."

If the Bengals take a running back at No. 9 overall, it would likely be Fournette, who started his career at LSU the same year Hill was drafted by the Bengals. Although they never played together, Hill has talked openly about his respect for Fournette.

"I'd love to play with him," Hill said. "It would be a great backfield attack with us three. ... It'd be amazing."