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Tye Hill CB 5’10 185 Clemson

By: Robert Davis

NFL Combine Stats: 40-yard dash - 4.30, vertical jump - 41"

After starting his career as a tailback, Tye Hill moved to the defensive side of the ball and became one of the best cover corners in the college game. He was immediately thrown into the starting lineup as a sophomore and finished the year with 37 tackles and two picks. As a junior, he busted out with a huge year. He tallied 52 tackles on the season, and had an amazing 21 passes defensed, which tied a school record. Hill closed out his career with another fine showing. He had 54 tackles on the year to go with a sack, and three interceptions. Hill also doubles as a track standout, participating in the 60m, 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. He took the 2004 ACC outdoor 100m title and indoor 60m title.

There are very few corners in this draft with the speed and natural cover ability that Hill has. He can turn and run with any wideout in this draft. He does not lose any ground when changing directions with the wideout and can mirror any move he makes. Hill is aggressive at making plays on the ball. He’s arguably the top cover corner in the draft.

As great a cover man he is, his only glaring weakness effects every part of his game. His lack of bulk limits what he can do in the running game, and his overall lack of size leads to him having problems matching up one on one against bigger corners.

Tye Hill has the cover skills to be a standout nickel guy at the next level. He may never be a true lockdown guy because he’s limited size wise, but he should still have an impact in coverage for his team. His ability as a cover corner and speed have ensured him of a first round selection. Hill may be the first pure corner selected in the draft.

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Tye Hill Grade: 4.24

Position: CB

Class: Sr

School: Clemson

Conference: Atlantic Coast

Ht., Wt.: 5-9.5, 185

40 Time: 4.38

Selected by: St. Louis Rams

Round 1, pick 15 (15 overall) Grading System

BIO: Former running back who switched to cornerback as a sophomore and has started ever since. All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 43/3/4. Junior numbers included 52/21.

POSITIVES: Terrific shutdown cornerback coming off an outstanding senior season. Quick-footed in reverse, fluid flipping his hips and loses nothing transitioning with opponents. Easily stays downfield with receivers, reading their eyes then getting his head back around to locate the ball. Quick planting to the throw and adjusts in midair to make the interception. Physical and supports the run.

NEGATIVES: Marginal size and loses out in battles. Has average hands.

ANALYSIS: A track sprinter who translates his speed onto the football field, Hill has been on a straight shot up draft boards the past six months. Performed well last season then had an outstanding Senior Bowl. First-round selection who should quickly break into a starting role at the next level.

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Tye Hill

Tye Hill pulls down an interception in a 2005 game versus the Maryland Terrapins.

No. -- Atlanta Falcons


Personal information

Date of birth: June 3, 1982 (1982-06-03) (age 27)

Place of birth: St. George, South Carolina

Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)

Career information

College: Clemson

NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15

Debuted in 2006 for the St. Louis Rams

Career history

As player:

St. Louis Rams (2006–2008)

Atlanta Falcons (2009–present)

Roster status: Active

Career highlights and awards

2006 NFL All-Rookie Team (PFWA)

2005 All-American selection

Career NFL statistics as of 2008

Tackles 105

Interceptions 4

Pass deflections 13

Stats at NFL.com

John Tye Hill (born June 3, 1982 in St. George, South Carolina) is an American football cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Clemson.

Contents [hide]

1 Early Years

2 College career

3 Professional career

3.1 Pre-draft

3.2 St. Louis Rams

3.3 Atlanta Falcons

4 External links

5 References

[edit] Early Years

Hill graduated from Woodland High School where during his senior year he rushed for 1,445 yards in seven games. While running track in high school, he raced against Troy Williamson of Jacksonvill Jaguars, and Larry Bee Forster in which Larry defeated both of them.

[edit] College career

Hill played college football at Clemson University, where he holds the school 60 metres record with a time of 6.63s. He graduated with degree in human resource development. Hill was an All-American selection in 2005 and also an First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice. He was also a finalist for the Thorpe Award, given to nation’s top defensive back. He had three interceptions, defended 7 passes and 54 total tackles. In 2004 Hill defensed 21 passes, two tackles for a loss and a sack to go along with his 52 tackles. In 2003 he started 11 of the 13 games and had seven pass breakups and two interceptions in his first season as a defenive back while also totaling 37 tackles. In 2002 Hill was a running back and was Clemson's third-leading rusher as a freshman with 225 yards on 42 carries and led all Tiger running backs in yards per carry (5.4). In 2001 he red-shirted as a running back.

Hill was also an accomplished member of the track and field team at Clemson, winning three ACC championships and several all-conference accolades. [1]

[edit] Professional career

[edit] Pre-draft

While at the 2006 NFL Combine he also posted the fastest electronically timed 40 yard dash—4.31 seconds [2].

Pre-draft measureables

Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic

5-9½ * 185 lb * 4.34 * 1.52 * 2.59 * 4.05 * 6.64 * 41 in. * 10'9" * X X

(* represents NFL Combine; **represents Clemson Pro Day) [3]

[edit] St. Louis Rams

Hill was drafted in the first round (15th overall) by the St. Louis Rams in the 2006 NFL Draft. On July, 31, 2006, Hill signed five-year $10.2 million contract with the Rams. [4] In his rookie season he started in ten out of 16 games and finished the year with 50 tackles and three interceptions. Hill started his NFL career with a bang by recording two tackles and an interception, in the season opener against the Broncos. He capped the season by being named Rams Rookie of the Year and was voted to the 2006 All-Rookie honors from PFWA. For the 2007 season, he played in eight games and finished the season with 35 tackles and one interception. However, that interception was instrumental in the Rams 13-7 victory over the Divisional rival 49ers, in San Francisco on November 18, 2007. He finished the season on injured reserve. In 2008, in four starts, Hill totaled 20 tackles, 2 pass deflections, and a forced fumble. Hill tore cartilage in his knee which forced him to sit out the rest of the season after playing only four games. It was the second straight season he ended on injured resereve.

[edit] Atlanta Falcons

Hill was traded to the Atlanta Falcons on September 1, 2009.


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I am not sure about the knee. I know when you got a new coach sometimes there is turnover. Cap money could be an issue also. I am sure Hill is getting paid a lot more than his replacement is..

Tye Hill was worth the pick in 2006, but he busted his knee in the middle of the season and hasn't been right since. Considering his talent level the knee must still be bothering him.
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