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Prospect Profiles: Will Hill

WILL HILL, S, FLORIDA

Triangle Numbers: 6, 202, 4.65

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Has a decent mix of size and speed, has an adequate frame… Has very good range for the position, has the ability to play the center fielder role… Is a good hitter, has a lot of pop in his pads, is not afraid to lower his shoulder and jar the ball loose… Has good ball skills, displays soft hands and the ability to pluck the ball out of the air… Breaks down well in the open field, is an all-around solid wrap-up tackler… Athleticism is very noticeable, has fluid hips and good body control… Has potential and physical ability to be a good NFL safety, but needs to learn to play with a consistent motor.

Negatives: Raised concerns about some poor off-the-field choices via his Twitter account, but later claimed his account was hacked, still, some NFL personnel may be concerned about the content of his account and his character… Work ethic has been questioned in the past, needs to prove he’s willing to play every down with his best intensity… Instincts and recognition skills are somewhat lacking, looks a little lost at times… Posted just average stats for a safety in three years at Florida (144 tackles and four interceptions, one forced fumble)… Character and work ethic concerns raise a lot of question marks that may limit his stock.

National Football Post:

A taller, lean safety who doesn’t possess a real thick lower half and looks lean through his base and legs. Possesses average coordination in his drop. Doesn’t do a great job sitting into his stance. Has a tendency to get bent over at the waist and doesn’t consistently keep his legs under him in coverage. Is a good athlete who can get good depth in his drop. However, struggles to quickly collect himself when asked to click and close. Is forced to routinely chop his feet in order to regain balance before closing and doesn’t have great click and close ability. Exhibits above-average fluidity in the deep half when asked to turn and run. Gets up to speed quickly, showcases above-average range for the position and athletically can play in the deep half. However, lacks ideal instincts when asked to read his pass keys and rarely gets early jumps on the football. Is slow to get out of his breaks, rarely is able to anticipate routes and overall gives up a lot of plays because he’s slow to read the quarterback’s eyes and get an early break on the football.

Is a very average tackler. Doesn’t consistently take proper angles when asked to run downhill, doesn’t look comfortable inside the box and isn’t a guy who I would consistently trust to make a play in the alley. Does generate a ton of snap through his hips and is more of a drag down guy. Exhibits above-average range and length when asked to break down as an open field guy. But again is more of a drag down tackler only and isn’t going to force many turnovers.

Impression: Is a solid size/speed athlete for the position, but isn’t real natural when asked to sit into his drop and lacks ideal instincts in center field. His athletic ability should get him drafted, but isn’t anything more than a reserve/special teams guy only in my view.

FF Toolbox:

Hill has been a significant contributor for the Florida Gators ever since stepping on campus in 2008. The safety mostly played on special teams in his first season, but he led Florida in special teams tackles in each of his first two campaigns. Hill’s role increased as a sophomore and he made 42 tackles while starting five games. Through six games as a junior, Hill has 35 tackles (14 solo, one for loss), one forced fumble, and two interceptions. He ran back one of those picks for 89 yards, although he did not quite make it to the endzone.

Hill has good size at 6’1”, 207 pounds, and he has been clocked at 4.46 in the 40-yard dash. To say his athleticism is NFL-worthy would be an understatement. On the other hand, his fundamentals are not perfect and he can often get beat either through the air or when trying to make tackles. He might leave early even though another year in Gainesville would probably do him plenty of good. If he enters the draft, a strong finish to the season could allow him to sneak into round two.

GiantsGab Thoughts:

Will Hill is a talented, athletic free safety prospect who has some major character concerns. Very immature. Has all the potential in the world, but may never realize it, because he doesn’t have the work ethic. Fluid, rangy, big hitter, if he had his head on straight, he would be at least a second round pick. Instead, he’s looking at being a 7th round pick, or undrafted. He’s a risk. A big one. He could embarrass a franchise. He could also be a steal and a great player. I would lean towards the former, but I’ve seen crazier things happen. As a 7th round pick, there’s really no harm. He has all the talent. If he gets into a veteran locker room like the Giants, it could do him some good.

 

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