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Will Hill

| | College: Florida
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Despite being suspended for the first two games of the 2010 season and publicly knocked by former head coach Urban Meyer and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin for poor play, Hill elected to leave Florida early for a chance at the security an NFL contract would afford.

He possesses many of the physical traits scouts are looking for at safety, which could result in a top-100 selection. His inconsistencies in coverage and open-field tackling stand out as concerns and so, too, is the fact that Hill's struggles came despite being surrounded by other legitimate NFL athletes in the Gators' secondary. He's a classic boom-or-bust prospect.


Positives: Legitimate NFL-caliber athlete. Prototypical combination of size, speed and leaping ability. Good straight-line speed to beat the throw to the sideline. Shows a burst of acceleration to close on the ball. Flashes hard-hitting tackling. Likes to lower his shoulder and can provide a pop over the middle. Standout special teams player throughout his career, leading the entire team with 22 tackles on teams as a true freshman. Should post good workout numbers.

Negatives: Clearly talented, but has struggled with consistency throughout his career at Florida. A bit high in his backpedal; loses a step in transition as he turns to run. Too aggressive in run support and is vulnerable against play-action. Doesn't locate the football quick enough. Takes poor angles to the ball and isn't as physical in jump ball situations as his size and athleticism would lead you to believe. Likes to go for the big hit and has a tendency to duck his head and lead with his shoulder, resulting in some ugly missed tackles. Was suspended for the first two games of the 2010 season for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Cited his three children as a primary reason why he left Florida early.

Career Notes

True junior safety who has seen action in 27 games, including five starts … Has collected 90 total tackles, two interceptions and 1.5 sacks … Has led the team each of the last two years in special teams' tackles.

2010 Season

Has started in all 10 games he has played in this season, recording 48 tackles (30 solo and 18 assisted) … Starter on the punt coverage team the last eight games … Picked up four solo tackles in the road game at FSU … Registered three tackles in the win at home vs. Appalachian State … Collected four tackles against South Carolina … Tallied two solo tackles in the victory at Vanderbilt … Had a career game in the win over Georgia, picking off two passes, including an 89-yard interception return in overtime, while registering six tackles. Collected his first interception of the season in the second quarter that set up a touchdown run by Trey Burton. Also foiled a twopoint conversion attempt with a sliding catch in the end zone. His 89-yard return was the secondlongest in the country this season (longest in SEC), the 14th-longest in the SEC since 1996 and tied for the longest by a Gator since 1996 (Tony George, 89, 1997). Was named the Defensive Player of the Game and graded out as a Champion for his efforts … Tallied seven tackles at home vs. Mississippi State … Recorded a season-best nine tackles against LSU, including one for loss … Registered two tackles and a pass breakup vs. Alabama … Recorded five tackles in the victory over Kentucky … Made his first start of the season in the win at Tennessee, tallying a secondary-high six tackles along with his first career forced fumble … Did not see game action in the wins over Miami University and USF.

2009 Season

Appeared in all 14 games and made five starts at safety … Totaled 42 tackles, including 31 solo … Led the team for the second-consecutive year in special teams' tackles, finishing with 13 tackles in kickoff and punt coverage … Recorded three solo tackles and one pass break up in the Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati … Tallied five tackles (three solo) and was credited with a QB hurry in the win over FSU … Had three tackles (two solo), including the first quarterback sack of his career for a loss of 12 yards in the SEC road win over South Carolina. Totaled three tackles, two solo, in the win over Vanderbilt … Matched a season-high with six tackles (five solo) against Georgia … Led the defense with a season-high six tackles in the win over Arkansas … Collected five tackles (four solo) in the win over Tennessee … Made his first career start against Charleston Southern, tallying one tackle … Has seen action at both free and strong safety.

2008 Season

Named to the SEC All-Freshmen team and selected by College Football News as a second-team All-Freshmen performer … Appeared in 13 games as a true freshman, missing one game due to injury … Played a key role on special teams, leading the team with 22 special teams' tackles … Led all freshmen with 48 total tackles … Recorded three tackles in the BCS National Championship Game playing on the kickoff unit and at nickel back … Also recorded three tackles against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game … Had an interception in back-to-back games against South Carolina and The Citadel … Collected three tackles, including one tackle for a loss of three yards, and an interception which he returned for 23 yards against The Citadel.

Had a stretch of four games in which he recorded five-or-more tackles … Had five tackles and and interception returned for 30 yards against South Carolina … Notched five tackles and 0.5 tackles-for-loss at Vanderbilt … Had four solo tackles and an assisted tackle in the win over Georgia … Set a career-high with 11 tackles, including nine solo, in the Homecoming win over Kentucky … Recorded four tackles in his collegiate debut against Hawaii.

High School

Parade All-American … EA Sports first-team All-American multi-purpose selection … Competed at the ESPNU Under Armour High School All-American Game, where he returned an interception 62 yards … First-team all-state selection as a senior … USA Today first-team All-American … Two-time New Jersey Star-Ledger Offensive Player of the Year … Three-time AP New Jersey first-team all-state selection … Multidimensional threat for St. Peters Preparatory School, serving as a three-year starter at quarterback, safety and a returner on special teams … Recorded three interceptions, made 36 tackles and broke up three passes during senior campaign … Gained 960 yards on the ground while tossing for 947 yards and accounting for 26 touchdowns (19 passing, seven rushing) … Led the Marauders to a 34-2 record in three years, including a 12-0 mark and the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 Championship as a sophomore.

Responsible for 3,817 all-purpose yards and accounted for 34 touchdowns as a junior … Rushed for 682 yards (11.7 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns as a junior while throwing for 758 yards and 11 scores … Picked off three passes as a junior and brought back two kickoffs for touchdowns … Returned an interception for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball in 2004 … Rated a five-star athlete by Rivals.com … Ranked as the top athlete in the class of 2008 by Rivals.com … RiseMag's No. 5 football recruit … No. 2 in the ESPN 150 … Listed as the fifth-best player available by Scout.com and the top-ranked safety … Committed to Florida at the ESPN Zone in New York City … Coached by Rich Hansen.

Latest News
03/26/2011 - Florida Pro day: Defensive back Will Hill had a strong workout, though off-the-field issues will likely cause him to fall on draft day. Hill (6-2, 208) had 40 times of 4.68 and 4.73, a 34 1/2-inch vertical, 4.21 short shuttle, 6.94 three-cone drill, and a 10-5 broad jump. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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