Birthday: June 3, 1982
Smooth and crisp may describe your favorite beer, but in this case it is an appropriate summation of Tye Hill’s coverage skills. So now is also a good time to remind NFL general managers to draft responsibly this April, giving this speedster from Clemson the attention he deserves.
Hill will be one of the fastest players available in this year’s draft. He has won the ACC outdoor 100-meter dash as well as the indoor 60-meter dash, so you know range won’t be a problem for him. But it is his change of direction skills that make him an elite corner prospect. Hill plays tight man coverage and is an excellent leaper.
Hill’s size will give a few teams some caution, but he makes up for what he lacks in height with quickness and aggression. He kept Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson in check his senior season, limiting the star to just 47 yards on four receptions. Playing tight coverage against the top competition ought to keep scouts from pointing to his height and weight too often.
Once a tailback – Hill ran for more than 100 yards in a game against North Carolina as a freshman – Hill set a school record with 21 passes defensed in 2004. Just as amazing, he failed to snare an interception. He does have three of them in 2005, but for a former offensive player, one that handled the football regularly, it seems a bit odd. It at least limits his big play ability if he can’t soften his hands a bit.
Hill has only been a corner for three years, so he is still a little raw at the position, especially in zone coverage. His speed and quickness have more than made up for his deficiencies on the college level, but he will need a good defensive backs coach to further develop his pro game. If such a match is found, Hill will no doubt fulfill his draft promise.
(profile written by Keith Weiland)
Tye Hill’s 2005 Stats G TCK PBU INT FF FR 11 53 7 3 1 1 Tye Hill Home