Hand Technique/Length – Name of the game is inconsistency. He's complacent at times to get his hands stacked on the numbers and will be too content to just bump pads with guys instead of pressing and stacking the block. When he gets himself extended, he's got good manipulation of the POA.
Competitive Toughness – Want to see more domination from him across the board, he's pretty hit or miss on possession to possession basis. Didn't win as one would hope in head up situations with enough consistency. He does flow well looking for the football and hunting tackles.
Two Gap Ability – Has not shown the anchor ability to be relied upon with consistency to eat up blockers in doubles. He's better pressing forward than he is sitting and squatting along the LOS. Considering his projection, not sure he'd be tasked to operate in a lot of 2-gap.
Gap Penetration Skills – Lots of upside here, but lot to work on. He'll get ridden out of gaps too easily and be pushed around in lateral scenarios because OL can use his quickness against him to slingshot or steer him past a point of contact, needs to harness these skills more effectively.
Tackling – Again, he has all the tools to get into finishing positions, but he doesn't really bring a lot of consistency to the table to square up ball carriers and be ready to react to a cut. He's often "close, but no cigar". His range offers him above average extended play potential.
Flexibility – Naturally built low to the ground so he has some advantages there. Helps him to mask some leveraging issues that arise when he's confronted with heavy contact at the LOS. That said, he's still too inconsistent in this area as well.
Pass Rush Counters – He's hit a few notable counters, most specifically an inside spin. But there's no rhyme or reason to his attacks, or at least it feels that way. He's looking to gain space instead of deliberately attack a soft space and attack weaknesses in pass sets.
First Step Quickness – He's got a ton of twitch in his frame, one area that he's always consistent is that he's going to get off the line suddenly. He'll press hard into gaps with quickness. Seemed to always be fresh due to a high rotation at UCF.
Feet/Change Of Direction – Too wild, which neuters his athletic ability. I like his cornering skills and skill to cross face of blockers as he pushes up the field. There's some dancing bear to his game, he moves better than you'd assume giving him the eye test in lateral scenarios.
Versatility – Rough around the edges player who projects favorably to a single gap role, where he can focus on gearing down and finding balance. Like him in attack mode and he can bring some three down skills if playing in an even front.
BEST TRAIT – First Step Quickness
WORST TRAIT – Consistency
BEST FILM – Temple (2018)
WORST FILM – LSU (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
The odd regression from freshman/sophomore starter to junior back-up, Hill surprised with his decision to leave UCF a year early. There are some reports of friction with Hill and his staff during his time at UCF, so that's something to bear in mind. Hill projects as a rotational player up front, with his stature and lack of pass rush prowess he projects most favorably as a 1T in an even front, he does have some upside as a base front defender who could be a starter down the road.
Round Grade - Sixth Round