The Denver Broncos have been on a tireless quest to interrogate possible selections for April’s Draft. They have worked the East-West Shrine game, the Senior Bowl and are currently scouring prospects at the NFL Combine this week. Andrew Mason recently revealed another name to the list.
Penn State DL Jordan Hill said he met with the #Broncos "two or three times" at the Senior Bowl last month.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) February 23, 2013
Jordan Hill is a tad undersized at 6’2", 294 lbs. for a Defensive Tackle. He is ranked 11th out of 218 Defensive Tackle prospects and 124th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. Jordan participated at the Combine and recorded a 40 Time of 5.23 seconds. He is projected as a 4th round pick in April.
#47 Jordan Hill
Born February 8, 1991 (22)
Major: Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management (schedule to graduate in May)
At first glance of those numbers above, nothing really stands out. But Jordan led his teammates by example on the time and dedicated efforts required to maximize ability and potential. Hill's motor never stops, not in the weight room, at practice, during off-season conditioning or in games. Hill brings good size, speed and a low center of gravity to the middle of the Defensive Line. He has improved his strength and endurance, while trimming down nearly 20 pounds since last season to improve his quickness and agility Jordan played in 43 games for the Nittany Lions and started 29 of them. His totals are 171 Tackles, 19.5 Tackles For Loss, 9.5 Sacks, 2 Pass Breakups, 1 Interception, 2 Forced Fumbles and 4 Fumbles Recovered.
Jordan arrived at University Park in 2009 for his Freshman season. He was almost redshirted that year, but it he earned a spot and made his Penn State debut against Eastern Illinois during the sixth game of the season, and made an immediate impression. Hill finished with a season-high four Tackles and ended up playing in the final 8 games. His season contribution added up to 12 Tackles, 1 TFL and a Sack on 99 total snaps.
In his Sophomore year (2010), Hill played in all 13 games, with four starts, recording 36 Tackles, 2 TFL’s and half a Sack. He had a big game against No. 1 Alabama, with a career-high 7 Tackles. Jordan saw action on 337 total snaps.
In 2011, Hill started all 13 games and led the PSU Defensive Line with 59 Tackles, 8 TFL’s and 3.5 Sacks. That earned him honorable-mention All-Big Ten recognition. He led the team and was tied for second in the Big Ten with three Fumble Recoveries, Forced one Fumble and had two Pass Breakups. Against No. 2 Alabama, Jordan rose to the occasion and turned in an 8 stop, 1.0 TFL performance. He posted a career-high 10 Tackles, with 1 TFL, in helping limit Illinois to just seven points in a thrilling Division showdown. Hill played on 774 snaps, the ninth-highest total on the team.
Although his Junior campaign was superb, Hill largely flew under the national radar while playing alongside first-team All-American Devon Still.
However, in his Senior year, Jordan managed to increase his production for the 4th consecutive season, without Devon Still beside him. He started all 12 games, posting 64 Tackles, 8.5 TFL’s, 4.5 Sacks, 1 Pass Breakup, an Interception and 1 Forced Fumble.
Hill injured his Left Knee against Wisconsin (11/23/12) and teammate Mike Mauti said,
"Tonight, I think he [Hill] played the best game of his career"
Jordan discusses what motivated him during his final game in this video.
He ended up undergoing arthroscopic surgery on the left knee a week later. Jordan was carted off the sideline during the game against Purdue (11/3/12) with a right knee injury after it was bent backwards on the field. However, it looked a whole lot worse than it really was and he suited up for the next game, against Nebraska.
NFL.COM DRAFT GRADE-64.6
STRENGTHS: Jordan uses his shorter stature to his advantage when getting leverage against larger interior linemen. Fires out and immediately gains extension. Plays low with natural leverage. Ordinary upper body strength but active and strong hands and wrists. He has nice burst off the snap with the lateral quickness and movement skills to be a relentless interior defender. Hill flashes the active and violent hands and strong upper-body to set aside off-balance guards. Good raw power for his smaller frame and plays with a feisty temperament. He goes hard on every play and can be a pesky player to block with his non-stop motor and effort. Jordan was the spark plug for Penn State’s Defensive Line and rarely left the field. Plays smart. Rangy to make plays outside the numbers.
WEAKNESSES: Light in the pants and can be driven wherever the blockers want at times. Hill lacks ideal NFL measurables and the elite upper-body strength to overwhelm offensive linemen. His lack of size causes him to wear down if in the game for too long. Jordan is a bit inconsistent using his hands to get off blocks. He might not quite have the first step and closing speed to become an elite three-technique pass rusher. Dangerous in space and in 1-on-1 situations, Hill isn’t as effective in a crowd.--Dane Brugler CBSSports
NFL COMPARISON: Drake Nevis, Trevor Laws (Rams)
BOTTOM LINE: Hill looks most comfortable as a one-gap Nose Tackle and should be a reliable rotational player in the NFL.
Jordan Hill Penn State Highlights
Jordan Hill vs Wisconsin 2012
Jordan Hill seems like a smaller, scaled down version of a Derek Wolfe. A high-motor, great-effort player that has to use leverage and technique to get it done. He has a very good work ethic that he passes along to his teammates, leading by sheer will and example. I don’t know how much more he can bulk up, but as a rotational player in his rookie year, he has value as a 4th round draft pick. Hill would take the place of Justin Bannan and the position would be younger and more cost effective if the Broncos select him.
I think there will be better options in the 4th round though.
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