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 Post subject: Derrick Hill, DT, California
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:46 pm 
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DERRICK HILL
6-1/311
California Senior
40: 5.67

PROS:

Has a decent first step and can get push upfield. Shows ability to push back guard or center a few yards into the backfield. Can get leverage in short-yardage and can wrap up the ballcarrier at the point of attack.

CONS:

Gets pushed off the ball a bit too much at times, especially when working against the double team. Struggles to get off blocks and will try to run around them. Needs to use his hands better. Lacks ideal quickness. Has durability concerns.

OVERVIEW:

Hill has the size and strength you look for in a nose tackle, but he's not a playmaker and is just a developmental prospect. He has the size and flashes the short-area power you are looking for, but doesn't get off blocks, nor consistently dominate one on one. He was a highly rated recruit when he came to Cal, but had his freshman year (2006) cut short with a knee injury. He has been nicked up pretty much every season since then. But he has been the primary starter at nose tackle the past three years, although he's split snaps with Kendrick Payne the past two years. But in those three seasons, he combined for 63 tackles, 9.5 for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He has missed time with various injuries including back, shoulder, knee, and toe injuries.

NFL FORECAST:

At this point, you can't really expect Hill to get healthy enough where he can start to live up to his talent and potential. All his nicks and scrapes just add up to someone that just may not have the body to stay healthy for the length of time it will need to develop as a pro prospect. What could help HIll is try to lose weight because many of the injuries (back, lower leg) are indicative of a guy that is carrying excess weight. If Hill can stay healthy, improve his technique, he can make a decent backup nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. He isn't quite a guy that can be a starter even if he had no injury concerns. But given some time to develop on a practice squad, two or three years down the road, you could see him sticking as a developmental No. 2 in a 3-4 scheme. But there, he's really just a space eater that doesn't show the technique yet to really dominate in the middle. So he's a guy that comes in to spell a starter more than anything, rather than someone that is good enough to serve serious minutes.

ATL FORECAST:

Hill doesn't have the range and burst to be an impact player in the Falcons scheme. He could compete in camp, and if he was to slim down a bit (295), he might stand an outside chance of making the practice squad if he could stay healthy. But his upside is very limited to the point that better players will come along eventually.

VALUE:

Even if he had no injury concerns, Hill is just an undrafted prospect.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 3.5
Point Of Attack: 3.0
Quickness: 2.0
Pass Rush: 1.5
Motor: 2.5

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