2006 Draft Preview: CB Tye Hill

In his continuing series on prospects the Seahawks will be looking at in April's NFL Draft, .NET's Ryan Rigmaiden looks at a cover-corner who may be available in the second-half of the first round -- Clemson's Tye Hill.

2. Tye Hill, CB Clemson 5-9,180 (4.30)

NFL Comparison - Dre Bly, Detroit

Overview -

Has amazing speed and quickness; was fastest player at the Combine. Can run with any player in the NFL and has special "short-area" quickness. Was easily the best CB at the Senior Bowl. Played RB as a freshman and made the switch to CB as a sophomore. Was the ACC's Outdoor 100 Meter champion in 2004. Doesn't lose much speed when turning his hips and changing direction. Is probably the best pure cover-corner in the Draft.

Against the Pass -

Uses speed extremely well and closes on the ball better than anyone in the Draft. Has elite quickness and his hips are on a swivel. Can recover quickly because of his speed and rarely gets beat deep. Needs to work on consistency, route recognition skills and must get his head turned around quicker. Good bump and run cornerback.

Against the Run -

Hits hard and tackles well for such a small CB. Is aggressive and rarely misses a tackle. May have trouble in the NFL tackling bigger running backs, but has shown no signs of backing down so far.

Roster Impact for Seattle -

Hill's elite athleticism and speed make him attractive to any team, but because he's still learning the position, it may take him a year to get accustomed to the NFL. He'd contribute immediately as a nickel corner playing slot receivers, but definitely has the ability to start in the near future.

Final Analysis -

Hill has successfully made the switch from running back to corner and has gotten better every year. His speed and quickness make him attractive to all teams, but especially to teams using man defenses often. At worst, Hill should be an outstanding nickel corner, but he has all the tools of a solid starter so he should be gone by the 20th overall pick.

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