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Cowboys' Potential Draft Pick: Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill was lightly recruited coming out of high school, choosing Penn State over Rutgers. He was fairly productive over the past two seasons as a starter, racking up 16.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

    Scouting Report

    Hill is a short (6-1) defensive tackle with limited explosiveness. It obviously doesn’t really matter how high or far a defensive lineman can jump in games, but his 22.5-inch vertical and 8-7 broad jump show that Hill is by no means an elite athlete.

    On tape, Hill does a nice job of utilizing his tools. He fires off of the ball and typically maintains good leverage. He’s not very strong for his size, but he uses that strength well to drive interior linemen into the backfield at times. There’s a reason he was able to make so many tackles in the backfield.

    The problem for Hill is that he might have maxed out his physical tools. As a player who can get overpowered at times but possesses below-average athleticism, I think Hill’s ceiling as a pro is very limited. He can be a rotational player, but the hope that he’ll transform into a Pro Bowl-caliber player seems unwarranted.

    NFL Comparison: Kyle Love

    Another undersized defensive tackle with limited athleticism, Love has been a decent rotational player for the New England Patriots.

    Projection

    Hill figures to be a mid-round pick, probably around the fourth or fifth. Although Hill might be one of the best current players on the board at that point, teams should really be searching for upside in that range. Hill is the football equivalent of the old lady playing penny slots in a casino; she might not go broke, but she’s certainly not getting rich either.

    Fit In Dallas

    Hill would need to fight for playing time as a rookie, although I’m not sure where he’d find it. With Jay Ratliff and Jason Hatcher starting and Sean Lissemore and Tyrone Crawford backing them up, Hill’s snaps would be very limited.

    Other Scouting Reports

    Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

    Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

    Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

    Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC

    Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

    Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

    Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

    Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

    Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia

    D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

    Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

    Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

    Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC

    Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

    Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

    Larry Warford, G, Kentucky

    Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

    Datone Jones, DT/DE, UCLA

    Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

    Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

    Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee

    Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

    Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

    Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

    Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

    Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

    Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

    Kyle Long, G/T, Oregon

    Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

    Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

    Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse

    Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU

    Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee

    Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia

    Justin Pugh, G, Syracuse

    Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

    Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State

    T.J. McDonald, S, USC

    D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

    Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

    JJ Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern

    Brennan Williams, OT, UNC

    Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

    David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado

    Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU

    DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

    Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati

    Bennie Logan, DT, LSU

    Josh Boyce, WR, TCU

     

    Jonathan Bales is the founder of The DC Times. He writes for DallasCowboys.com and the New York Times. He's also the author of Fantasy Football for Smart People: How to Dominate Your Draft.