Austin Hill, WR

School: Arizona  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Corona, CA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 214 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

The 2012-version of Hill looked like a future top-50 NFL prospect, but after a 2013 ACL injury, he hasn't looked the same and concerns that he might never regain his sophomore form creates doubt for his next level future.

He shows savviness in his routes with balanced athleticism and reliable ballskills to attack, secure and become a physical ballcarrier. But his lack of fluidity and burst in his movements make it tough for him to generate consistent separation in his cuts. Nonetheless, Hill is a high character guy with the passion for the game and determined work ethic to find a role at the next level.

After redshirting in 2010, Hill came off the bench as a redshirt freshman in 2011, recording 21 catches for 311 yards and two scores. Hill had a breakout sophomore season in 2012, leading the team with 81 catches for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning Second Team All-Pac 12 honors. He suffered a torn ACL during spring practice prior to his junior year, sidelining him for the entire 2013 season. Hill rehabbed his injury and returned in 2014 as a senior (14 starts), finishing second on the team with 49 receptions for 635 yards and four scores, earning All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Solid-framed athlete with adequate height and length for the position. Uses leverage in his routes to gain body position with the spatial awareness to flip his hips and gain inside position. Shifts his weight well in his patterns. Natural hands-catcher with body control and a good-sized catching radius to extend and snag.

Plays physical, finishing runs and shedding tacklers. Tough, competitive blocker who aggressively initiates contact. Team-first, positive attitude with NFL pedigree. Versatile weapon in the Wildcats offense, lining up at each wide receiver spot (inside and outside) and as a hybrid tight end or H-back. Football bloodlines - father (David) was tight end for 12 seasons in the NFL.

WEAKNESSES: Leaner than ideal, lacking preferred muscle and bulk for his frame. Straight-linish and doesn't possess explosive traits, lacking burst at the top of routes. Doesn't have the same speed from before the ACL injury with mechanical movements, gathering himself to cut which leads to wasted motion. Will run before securing and needs to consistently look the ball into his hands to avoid drops.

Physical blocker, but needs to use the same functional strength downfield to create separation. More than a few holding calls on his resume. Knee durability needs investigated after spring 2013 ACL tear in his left knee - also suffered a concussion as a senior (Nov. 2014).

--Dane Brugler

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08/08/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Austin Hill, University of Arizona, Sr.,...Hill returns for his senior season with 102 career catches for 1,675 yards and 13 touchdowns to his credit. He missed the 2013 (redshirt junior) season with a knee injury. In 2012, he made 12 starts at the slot receiver position and played in all 13 games as a redshirt sophomore. Hill was a 2012 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist, All-Pac-12 Second-Team and Phil Steele Fourth-Team All-America. - Arizona football


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