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Combine Results

Grade
5.37 ?
  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.81 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.77 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'10" Height
  • 29 1/2" Arm Length
  • 182LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/4" Hands

Overview

2014: Started all 14 games. Led team with 18 pass breakups. 2013: Played in 11 games, did not start. 2012: Played in 10 games, did not start. 2011: Played in all 14 games, made six starts. 2010: Redshirted.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.55 and 4.52 seconds
Vertical jump: 34 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches
Three-cone drill: 6.92 seconds
20-yard short shuttle: 4.18 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Ultra-competitive, quick-twitch athlete. Stays low and smooth in backpedal and can throw his hips open quickly from retreat to turn and run. Gobbles up combo routes from zone coverage without busting. Plays with improved instincts and readiness. Reads quarterback's eyes and is eager to make a play on the ball. Can overlap and make plays outside his area. Was third in nation in 2014 in passes defensed with 19. Takes good angles on the throw and gets hand and arm into framework of the receiver at point of catch to knock throw away. Transitions quickly from coverage into tackler against loose wideout or runner. Has adequate play speed and is an explosive leaper. Will come up and hit with as much force as he can muster.

Weaknesses

Skinny, lanky body that could take pounding in trying to tackle NFL running backs. Shows slight stutter step when transitioning from backpedal into change-of-direction mode. Reads receiver’s eyes, but needs to improve with turning to find ball and finish with interceptions. Feisty, but lacking play strength to consistently disengage from big blockers on perimeter. Has to hit low or he needs help to bring down big receivers and running backs as a tackler. Took on 160 yards worth of penalties over last two seasons. Suspended at end of 2013 for violating unspecified team rules and missed bowl game that season following arrest for domestic incident in which he punched a wall and yelled during a dispute with a girlfriend. Plead down to misdemeanor menacing and was sentenced to three years probation. Was also ordered to complete anger treatment program at sentencing. Character must be combed through.

Draft Projection

Round 5 or 6

Sources Tell Us

"When you go back in his history, you find out that he's always had a chip on his shoulder and that is what fuels him. He uses it to be a better football player. There are some maturity issues with him that concern me, though." -- NFC director of scouting

NFL Comparison

Jayron Hosley

Bottom Line

Improved by leaps and bounds from 2013 to 2014 after becoming a full-time starter. Plays with competitive toughness and improving confidence in coverage. Hill has the athleticism and ball skills to be an NFL cornerback, but his slight frame is a substantial concern. Concerns surrounding his off-field character could hurt his draft stock.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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