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Drafted By: Seahawks
  • Round 3
  • Pick 25
  • Overall 87

Combine Results

Grade
64.6 ?
  • 5.23 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 22.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 103.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Another one of those guys as the coaches got involved continued to get pushed up higher. He's a one-gap guy. He can be stout at the point. He's going to be a great rotation in Seattle." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'1" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 303LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Occasionally a player looks so good on the scout team that coaches decide they need to get him on the field instead of letting him sit for his entire first season. This was the case with Hill -– and his redshirt wasn’t taken off to play with just any group of tackles: he rotated with three NFL-caliber players in Jared Odrick, Ollie Ogbu, and Devon Still. Now the other three have moved on to the league, and Hill looks to be on that same track.



He ended up playing the final eight games of his true freshman season (12 tackles, sack) after helping his high school team win two state championships as an all-state pick. Hill played in every game, starting four, as a sophomore (36 tackles, two for loss). The 2011 honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (59 tackles, eight for loss, 3.5 sacks) played well as a 13-game starter while most scouts were evaluating Still, who wound up a second-round pick in the 2012 draft. As a senior, starting in all 12 games, Hill notched 64 tackles (8.5 for loss), four sacks, and an interception. Hill was named first-team All-Big Ten.

Analysis

Strengths

Shorter than scouts prefer, but uses that to his advantage when getting leverage against larger interior linemen. Fires out with low pad level, and immedately gains extension about contact with the blocker. Flashes the active and violent hands and strong upper-body to set aside off-balance guards. Works down the line with parallel shoulders, hustle and quickness, sometimes all the way to the sideline, to swallow running backs with his thick arms.

Weaknesses

Better linemen can use their superior bulk and length to push Hill off the line and keep him engaged. His lack of size causes him to wear down if in the game for too long. Inconsistent using his hands to get off blocks. Though often tilted before the snap, might not quite have the first step and closing speed to become an elite three-technique pass rusher.

NFL Comparison

Drake Nevis

Bottom Line

Hill doesn't possess the ideal size for a defensive tackle, but he does use his short build to his advantage in terms of low pad level and the obtaining of leverage. Hill flashes strong and active hands (like against Penn State's final 2012 opponent, Wisconsin, where he racked up 12 tackles and two sacks), but he is not always consistent with this effort. Hill is also not tremendously quick, and can be worn down when he sees too many snaps. For these reasons, Hill likely will have to work as a part of a rotation in the NFL.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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