Jordan Hill is the Seattle Seahawk worth watching at training camp. He is versatile and has the technique that will help fill the holes the Seahawks have on their defensive line.
Hill did not miss a game during his final three seasons at Penn State. His NFL rookie season was not as lucky.
After two injuries in last year’s offseason, Hill played in only four games in his rookie season. Now the 6-foot-1, 303-pound, third-round defensive lineman is healthy and ready to help the Seattle Seahawks’ defense.
Hill is shorter than coaches prefer linemen to be, but he uses his size to his advantage. His short build allows him to fight off offensive lineman at lower pad levels. According to Sports-Reference, Hill had a total 64 tackles and one interception during his last year at Penn State.
Hill is a versatile player who can play defensive tackle and defensive end. His flexibility will help fill the holes Red Bryant and Clinton McDonald left in the Seahawks defensive line when they left for Jacksonville and Tampa Bay respectively in free agency.
Clinton McDonald was for the Seahawks in 2013 what they hope Jordan Hill will be for them in 2014
— Danny Kelly (@FieldGulls) March 11, 2014
In an interview on Seahawks.com, defensive line coach Travis Jones told one of the website’s writers Clare Farnsworth, “The more versatility you have, the more a benefit it’s going to be for us on game day. When I get a limited number of guys who are active, everybody’s got to be flexible and be able to play multiple positions because you never know how the game is going to go.”
Hill will have to face competition among rookies Jackson Jeffcoat, Cassius Marsh and Jimmy Staten in training camp. Unlike this year’s rookies, Hill has NFL experience. He knows what coaches are looking for on the defensive line because he spent last season learning from veterans Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Tony McDaniel, and Brandon Mebane.
During an interview after organized team activities, Hill admitted that sitting out last season was frustrating. It is safe to say he will use last season’s injuries to fuel him to compete and win a spot on Seattle’s defensive line rotation.