S Michigan 6-0 191 JR #30
GRADE: 90 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 32 1/4″ // HAND SIZE: 9 1/2″
40YD: 4.38 (99%) // 10YD: ( %) // VJ: 33 1/2″ (38%) // BJ: 10’01” (61%)
BP: ( %) // SS: 4.06 (93%)// 3C: 6.57 (100%)
Projection: Starting Safety who is scheme diverse but may be better suited to a team that plays heavier Zone, he can play split-safety or single-high. Draft Projection: Late Round 1, Early Round 2 ~ NFL.com
Ravens Fit: Fits perfectly in the DeShon Elliott role. Brandon Stephens is who the Ravens want to develop into a more traditional single-high role but Hill can fill the void that Elliott may leave in FA. Hill “plays like a Raven” and is deserving of one of the Red Stars handed out in my guide. He has speed, instincts, toughness and is proven to be versatile in coverage. He could thrive in the Ravens scheme as a do-it-all weapon and could certainly add more turnovers to a defense starved of them this previous year. The concerns in man coverage are the only drawback to deploying him in this way as an all-around coverage weapon.
Overall Fit 5/5
Michigan plays him all over the field, but mostly in the slot, sometimes in the box and rarely as a single-high FS. They use him on many different assignments.
He has elite range. Tested off-the-charts as a High Schooler, that speed translates to the field with play speed because of his outstanding instincts. He doesn’t often play center-field but when he does, he can get to routes outside the numbers from single-high against even elite competition. He reads the Quarterback and understands the whole structure of the defense, he is able to use his peripheral vision to see Wide Receivers and quickly understands route development. Knowing where he has help, he is able to get a jump on the ball and closes with remarkable quickness.
His ball skills, whether playing from a single-high or two-high safety spot, or in man coverage, are excellent. He can track the ball both short and deep, finds the ball and gets to it with good timing. He is a vocal leader on the back-end, you can see him use his knowledge and awareness to direct traffic and clearly organizes his fellow Defensive Backs.
His backpedal is smooth initially but once at speed, he becomes vertical and is a little too up and down. He has the long speed to be able to recover on deeper out-breaking routes when the QB has to drive the ball outside the hashes but on more in-breaking routes like post routes, his high pedal can cause issues for him at the break-point when he then struggles to transition efficiently and a ball delivered on time to an accurately run route can beat him deep. His transition mechanics require some work in technique, especially when making turns going backwards. He is excellent in more flat foot reads when he has to drive laterally because of his excellent lateral explosion and closing speed.
He has been asked to play a lot of Man Coverage. He is more effective in off-man when he is able to sit back, play more flat-foot reads, use his lateral explosion and read the QB. When he is locked up in press man and he has to go backwards, some of the transition mechanics issues already mentioned can come into play. If the Quarterback and Wide Receiver aren’t perfect with their own timing, his play speed can help him recover but he can drop out of in-phase position. He competes against more elite competition when in the slot in press man but he can be beaten here.
Run Support and Tackling
He takes outstanding angles to the football, he is competitive and tough. He has no problem tackling much bigger bodied Running Backs with excellent technique. He engages his gap with aggression and speed and shows no hesitancy in taking on bigger blockers and shows good play strength for his smaller frame. He is a good open-field tackler, using strength and technique.
Outrageous range, instincts and ball skills. Takes great angles to the football and plays with aggression and toughness. Some man coverage deficiencies
JR: 1 Sack, 2 QB Hits, 71 Total Tackles, 2 INTs, 6 PBUs
SO: 50 Total Tackles, 1 INT, 4 PBUs