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Jordan Hill, DT

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Steelton, PA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 303 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.172.911.7828 22 1/28'7"4.517.49
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Good lateral agility with quick feet to sidestep blockers and knife through the offensive line. Flexible body type to make smooth movements and a quick first step when he correctly times up his get-off. Plays low with natural leverage. Ordinary upper body strength but active and strong hands and wrists.

Keeps eyes elevated at the line of scrimmage to get his hands on passes (even snatched an interception against Virginia in 2012). Good raw power for his smaller frame and plays with a feisty temperament. Goes hard on every play and can be a pesky player to block with his nonstop motor and effort. Was spark plug of Penn State defensive line and rarely left the field. Plays smart. Rangy to make plays outside the numbers.

WEAKNESSES: Light in the pants and can be driven wherever the blockers want at times. Shorter stature with limited length and short arms, lacking ideal NFL measurables. Lacks elite upper-body strength to overwhelm offensive linemen. Needs to improve snap anticipation. Dangerous in space and in 1-on-1 situations but not as effective in a crowd, where he can get lost or pushed around. Missed some time in 2012 with a left knee sprain, playing rest of the season with a clunky brace.

Compares To: Trevor Laws, DT, St. Louis Rams - Quick, undersized interior players who project best as rotational and depth players than long-term starters.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A mediocre prep recruit out of Harrisburg, Pa., Hill signed with Rutgers but changed his mind after Penn State, his dream school, offered him a scholarship.

He was forced to sacrifice his redshirt in 2009 and get on the field to help with depth issues, starting a combined four games over his first two seasons. Hill had his breakout campaign in 2011 as a junior (13 starts), recording 59 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble and earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors.

With Devon Still playing on Sundays in 2012, Hill was the leader of the Penn State defensive line as a senior. He set career-bests with 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss, adding his only career interception.

Hill has only average size for the position and lacks the dominating strength to bully or overpower blockers at the point of attack, but his agility and active playing style are intriguing. Hill has nice burst off the snap with the lateral quickness and movement skills to be a relentless interior defender. He looks most comfortable as a one-gap nose tackle and should be a reliable rotational player in the NFL.

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03/16/2013 - Penn State defensive tackle and NFL hopeful Jordan Hill left Indianapolis with some unfinished business. The NFL Scouting Combine interview process went well, the skill drills were fine and most of the results were where he anticipated he'd be. His 5.23 second 40-yard dash was the one event he wasn't pleased with, though Hill said his time in the 10-yard dash pleased scouts. For defensive tackles the 10-yard dash is a better measurement of the type of position work they do, which is why Hill won't run the 40-yard dash again at Penn State's pro day on Monday.

Hill plans to participate in only the position drills at Monday's event, just as a way of showing teams one last glimpse of his play. Hill had a formal interview with the St. Louis Rams at the combine and said he was slowed during his combine workout because of swelling in his left knee. "I'm still not at 100 percent or anything like that," Hill said. "But through the interview process I got a lot of good feedback. Just going through the defensive line drills a lot of people were surprised with how well I could actually move." - Audrey Snyder, Penn Live

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