King of the Hill

While the draft plans might have changed since the official addition of Ricky Manning, the Bears have still scouted the cornerback crop thoroughly. The team has worked out Clemson CB Tye Hill and if he's still on the board with the 26th pick, he might be too talented to pass up.

The former running back who switched to cornerback as a sophomore and has started ever since. Hill earned All-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 43 tackles, 3 interceptions and 4 pass break-ups. His junior numbers included 52 stops and tied the school record with 21 pass break-ups. ranks Hill as the top cornerback in the draft, earning a four-star rating. However, after Texas DB Michael Huff there is not a consensus on the second best defensive back.

Hill followed up a solid Senior Bowl by turning in a 4.31 forty time at the Combine. Despite his five-foot-9, 185-pound frame, he can stay with bigger receivers because of a 41-inch vertical leap.

"I think I've done everything I can do to really solidify myself as a first-rounder," Hill said. "Right now it's just a matter of being picked, and hopefully being picked by a team that's going to utilize my talents and where I can contribute early."

With several teams brining Hill in for personal visits and workouts, there's a good chance he will be gone by the time the Bears are on the clock. Still, adding Hill would give the Bears interesting options in the secondary.

Even though the Bears have tried to stop any talk of moving Charles Tillman to safety, pairing Hill with Nathan Vasher and Ricky Manning would give the defense three solid cover corners.

TFY Draft Preview Scouting Report
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.

Negative: 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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