In the third round, the Seattle Seahawks picked up defensive tackle Jordan Hill from Penn State with the 87th overall pick. At 6-foot-1 and just over 300 pounds, Hill is a bit undersized to play DT in the NFL, so it’s unsure exactly where he will fit in. If he can bulk up and add a bit more strength, he could serve as a pretty good replacement for Alan Branch and Jason Jones, who were lost in free agency this offseason.
Hill has two options in his quest to find the field with some regularity for the Seahawks. He can either put on some weight and add strength, or he can lose weight and work on his quickness in order to become a defensive end. As of right now, his size kind of puts him in between the two defensive line positions, but until he gets bigger, I think he will be fine as a backup for the team’s current defensive tackles, Red Bryant and Brandon Mebane. This will be crucial, as the Seahawks needed depth on the interior of their defensive line.
Overall, I don’t see Hill getting much meaningful playing time this season, but as I said earlier, I think he will be an adequate backup who could step in in case of emergency for a depleted defense. If Hill can bulk up even just a bit, I firmly believe he will have a long and successful career in this league.
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