The Visitors: Part Seven

The Detroit Lions have expressed an interest in a small infantry of cornerbacks, but will they be daring enough to spend their No. 9 overall pick on one? Clemson's Tye Hill might be enticing enough. Part seven in a (now) 17 part series covering an EXCLUSIVE list of draft prospects that Detroit has visited with. Bio, video and more inside.

Roar Report has compiled an exclusive list of (currently 17) players that the Detroit Lions have either privately worked out and visited with or will have visit their facility in Allen Park.

Between now and the draft, we will provide overviews of all players that have gotten an additional investment of time from the Lions scouting staff. At least two draft target reports will be published every day for Roar Report subscribers.

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NAME Tye Hill
POSITION Cornerback
HEIGHT 5' 9.5"
#1 @ CB
#20 Overall
VIDEO Tye Hill Highlights
INTERACTION Visited Allen Park
Titans Prospect Profile ...

Full Name: Tye Hill School: Clemson Pos: CB

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 185 40: 4.38 Year: 5Sr

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 (solo tackles) / 13 (assisted tackles) / 4 (interceptions). Junior numbers included 52/21.

Pos: 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.

Neg: 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.

Lions Interest: With the uncertain status surrounding the health of veteran cornerback Fernando Bryant, and the loss of reserve Andre Goodman to Miami via free-agency, the Lions will be in the market for a speedy, talented cornerback -- just not as early as No. 9 overall. Hill is ranked high on Detroit's draft board, but unless that chart becomes depleted after the first eight selections, Hill is a reach. He is slated as a mid-to-late first round selection. The team, meanwhile, still has waiting investments in both Keith Smith and Stanley Wilson, cover corners drafted early in the last two years. So unless Detroit manages to swing another first round pick -- or Hill slides to Round 2 (40th overall) which is doubtful -- the position isn't shallow enough to warrant such a high exchange rate.

The Lions have interviewed a small infantry of corners all over the board, so at least one will be selected. It's just a matter of when.

Other material ...

- Senior Bowl workout material (Hill info near the bottom)

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