Stopping in at Lambeau

Miami (Fla.) fullback visits with Packers

Quadtrine Hill does not have the numbers or accolades as some of the running backs and fullbacks that have entered the NFL before him from the University of Miami (Fla.), but he has enough skills and potential to justify a pre-draft visit to Green Bay.

The Packers took a closer look at Hill when he visited the team's facilities on April 11, according to his agent, Brian Levy. Hill also has made pre-draft visits with the Dolphins, Seahawks, and Cowboys.

Hill played fullback for the Hurricanes the past four seasons, but at 6-foot-1, 220-pounds is too small to play fullback in the National Football League. TFY Draft Preview's Tony Pauline, who was at Miami's Pro Day in early March, which was attended by representatives from all 32 NFL teams, says Hill might be a good fit in a West Coast Offense.

"He could be a Richie Anderson-type," says Pauline, "... bigger ball carrier out of college who does several offensive things well and eventually develops into a lead blocker if his mind is right."

The Hurricane fullback was used at running back during the Pro Day workout and looked good, according to Pauline. Hill clocked a 4.53 40-yard dash, completed 16 reps at 225 pounds on the bench, and had a 38-inch vertical jump.

Veteran William Henderson and third-year pro Vonta Leach are the current fullbacks on Green Bay's roster. Hill's ability to catch passes out of the backfield (25 receptions for 216 yards and a touchdown as a senior) gives him an advantage over Leach, who has struggled catching the ball. Yet Leach has the size and proven ability to block well against NFL defenders.

Here is more on Hill from TFY Draft Preview:

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 220 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Used in a starting capacity the past four seasons. Senior totals on the ground included 19/138 with 25/216/1 as a pass catcher.

Positives: Undersized yet athletic fullback who also excels on special teams. Blocks with good pad level, picks up assignments and seals defenders from the action. Solid receiver who extends to make the reception away from his frame. Runs with an aggressive and displays a burst of speed.

Negatives: Must improve his blocking intensity and barely gets in the way with assignments.

Analysis: Lacking the size and strength to be a true lead blocker, Hill's pass-catching abilities will get him consideration in a West Coast offense.


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