Senior Bowl: Tye Hill Eyes First Round

MOBILE, AL. - Former Clemson cornerback Tye Hill has already seen his stock rise after one day of workouts for the upcoming Senior Bowl.

So far, so good.

That may be the best way to describe former Clemson cornerback Tye Hill's performance during his first day of workouts for the upcoming Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama Monday.

"I felt a little rusty today. I'm not going to lie," Hill told CUTigers.com. "I feel it, but overall it was a good day. I think I did everything the coaches asked of me and now I'll go in and watch film and see how it goes."

The always-smiling Hill may not show it, but the next few days will be pressure-packed, especially for a potential first round draft pick.

Interviews with scouts, team owners and coaches come fast and furious during the week leading up to the Senior Bowl. In fact, Monday in Mobile was a showcase of who's who in the National Football League.

Andy Reid (Philadelphia), Bill Belichick (New England), Sean Payton (New Orleans) were just a handful of NFL head coaches in attendance, not to mention Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and many General Managers.

"I've interviewed with the Dolphins and the Falcons so far," Hill said. "Really they were just minor interviews. Other than that- it's been a bunch of questionnaires and just answering a lot of questions from a lot of people."

The answers Hill provides to those questions, as well as his performance during workouts the next three days, will go along way in solidifying his status as a potential first round pick.

Not surprisingly, several early mock drafts have Hill being selected in the first round, while others have him slipping into the second round.

"I'm hearing first or second round right now. Hopefully it's going to be the first. But for me, really, I want to be the first cornerback taken, period. That's my goal to be the first one taken."

Tony Pauline, who has covered the draft for CNNSI in year's past and now operates TFY Draft Preview, said Monday that Hill "could" be the first cornerback taken should he perform well this week and at the NFL Combine in February.

But, according to Pauline, he also has competition.

"Some of the cornerbacks that can also play safety could go ahead of him this year," Pauline said. "Guys like Jimmy Williams (Virginia Tech) come to mind. But Hill looked good in his first day here. Very sharp."

In his first action on the practice fields Monday, Hill matched up one-on-one with a trio of lethal wide receivers, including Notre Dame's Maurice Stovall, Oregon's Demetrius Williams and Oklahoma's Travis Wilson.

Stovall, standing in at 6-4, caught a few passes on Hill, as did Wilson, but overall, the former Clemson standout more than held his own.

"I think I did pretty well against those guys. Stovall likes to put his hands on you off the line, but I figured that out pretty quick. I held up," Hill said.

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