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Anthony Hill (TE)
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 262
College: N.C. State
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Houston, TX
High School: Clear Brook/Hargrave
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Selected by: Houston Texans
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 22 (122)
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Pick Analysis: Hill is a big, blocking tight end with adequate speed. He is almost like having a third tackle in the game. He's probably the best blocking tight end in this draft. The Texans have the receiving tight end in Owen Daniels, and now they have the blocker to go along with him.
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Overview

The future seemed bright for Hill after a second-team All-ACC sophomore season in which he made 45 catches for 478 yards. However, he suffered a torn ACL in July 2007 and did not return until the fall of 2008. He got back to business during his senior year despite missing four games with a chest injury, scoring four touchdowns on his 19 receptions. Hill's strength as a blocker and ability to give a quarterback a big target downfield makes him a prime candidate for Sunday selection in April. Had an arm span of 34 3/4 inches and a hand span of 10 1/8 inches at the combine.


High School

Played one season at Hargrave Military Academy ... Collected 10 catches after switching to tight end from the defensive side of the ball ... Hargrave teammate of Wolfpack wide receiver Darrell Blackman. Played defensive end in high school ... Rated No. 44 nationally at his position by Rivals.com.


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Analysis

Positives: Tall with some strength and long arms. Presents a nice target to his quarterback on bootlegs and in zones. Physical blocking for the run and pass. Finds his target in space, can latch on and push him downfield. Fair lateral movement to stay in front of defensive ends on the line. Lines up in the slot and with his hand down. Uses his length and height to stretch the field. Reliable, soft hands and physical enough to push off defenders and gain yardage after the catch.


Negatives: Built like a receiver. Long strider who lacks quickness out of his stance or the speed to separate, although his height is an advantage downfield. Does not have suddenness in and out of routes, and will round them off. Fails to sustain blocks against quicker defenders in space because he does not bend his knees, has slow footwork and stiff hips. Waist-bender when blocking defensive ends on the edge. Durability concerns abound with ACL and chest injuries keeping him out over the past two seasons.


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