Seattle Selects Hill In Third Round
By Liz Mathews
With the 87th overall pick, the Seattle Seahawks selected defensive tackle Jordan Hill out of Penn State. The 6-foot-1, 303 lb. senior started 27 of 45 games played for the Nittany Lions. A versatile player, he was positioned at various spots along the defensive line.
“I’m not only a guy that can pass rush, but I also can stop the run,” Hill said during his post-selection conference call with the media. “I’m a guy that plays with a high motor, just want to get after it each and every play. I just love playing football and I love to compete.”
Seattle had been looking to shore up its defensive line this season, adding pass rushers Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett in the start of free agency. The Seahawks had also signed tackle Tony McDaniel and tendered restricted free agent Clinton McDonald.
“He’ll be right in the rotation, he’s different than the guys we have,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters Friday night. “He has really nice quickness, he’s got the ability to get on the edge and get in the backfield and penetrate. He’s a really good effort guy, which we always like that, he’s a very active kid, and because he is different, he’ll be right in the rotation and we’ll see how it fits.”
Seahawks GM John Schneider acknowledged that the defensive tackle position was one of the true team needs, despite the existing talent on the roster.
“That was the one spot that quite honestly when you’re putting it together that you’re a little nervous that maybe you’re pushing players because of a need,” Schneider said. “We felt like there was a ledge here with Jordan. We couldn’t pass on [RB] Christine Michael because of where he was on our board and how highly we regarded him, but this was like the next tier of defensive tackles. There was a fairly big drop off.”
Carroll said he anticipates Hill to be initially involved in passing down situations, but expects to eventually evolve him into a presence in stopping the run as well.