The Cleveland Browns are reportedly one of 15 NFL teams that are showing interest in defensive tackle Trysten Hill from the University of Central Florida.
UCF DT Trysten Hill has as busy a pre-draft schedule as you’ll see: 15 visits with teams and a dozen workouts. Among the teams who have brought him in: #Eagles, #Browns and #Packers. Looking like a Day 2 pick.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 8, 2019
A three-year player for the Knights, Hill was a starter his first two seasons, earning second-team All-American Athletic Conference honors his sophomore year. But when head coach Scott Frost departed for Nebraska after the 2017 season, Hill lost his starter’s role under new head coach Josh Heupel.
Despite only making one start in 2018, Hill had his best season, finishing with 36 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.
The reduced playing time left Hill with a reputation for being lazy and immature, which he said is not the case, according to an Orlando Sentinel article prior to the Fiesta Bowl:
“It’s been difficult, you know, having been kind of in the spotlight with this team and helping the face of the program and being somebody. And then having things happen … and having the coaching change happen and how some people started to spell it out in different ways about me in different situations and stuff like that. But I don’t feel like I got a bad rap. I just feel like some people didn’t really support me the way they should have.”
Hill, who is 6-foot-3 and 308 pounds, finished his collegiate career with 71 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and six sacks, and has potential, according to The Draft Network:
Hill’s quickness and power are clear strengths on tape, but his technique remains a work-in-progress, and his pass rush plan is significantly lacking. Still, there are enough traits here to make him a desirable early day three pickup, especially considering his ability to play A-to-B gap and his elite effort level on the field. Most NFL defensive lines are rotational to some degree, and Hill projects as a player who can provide depth early in his career with starter upside, preferably as a 1-technique.
Hill is projected to be a day three selection, possibly in the fourth round.