One of the NFL‘s most exciting defensive prospects headed into this season is Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill. Last year, as a rookie third-round draft pick, Hill was expected to become a key contributor in Seattle’s defensive line rotation. Unfortunately, his rookie season was a disappointment due to various injuries, as Hill was limited to just four games all year. The good news for fans is that in those four games, Hill showed signs of being the disruptive pass-rusher he was during his time at Penn State.
As a junior with the Nittany Lions, Hill posted an impressive 59 tackles to go with eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also recovered three fumbles while forcing an additional one. It was the following season, however, when Hill put an exclamation point on his college career, posting an astounding 64 tackles (4th on the team) along with 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks on his way to First-Team All-Big Ten honors.
It was his consistency as a playmaker over his last two years at Penn State that essentially paved Hill’s way for an opportunity in the NFL. To nobody’s surprise, his name was called in Round 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft, as the Seahawks selected the promising young defensive lineman with the 87th overall selection.
In Seattle, Hill was expected to take on a rotational role along Seattle’s defensive line, playing several positions in different situations. His ability to penetrate from the defensive tackle position using a combination of strong hands, leverage and a quick first step could make him a very valuable commodity in the NFL. After all, there is a limited supply of 6-foot-1, 305-pound linemen who can play with the intensity that Hill brings.
So far in 2014, Hill has certainly looked the part of an NFL defensive lineman. Despite missing a large chunk of his debut year to injury, the young man from Penn State seems to be doing everything in his power to make a positive impact on the Seahawks defense – and organization – heading into the preseason.
He appears to be in great shape and is moving well in OTAs. Plus, he looks stronger than ever, and with the offseason departures of fellow linemen Clinton McDonald, Red Bryant and Chris Clemons, Hill should have plenty of opportunities to entrench himself as a key contributor in Seattle’s defensive rotation this summer.