Class Year: Junior
Height – 6’3″ Weight – 308 lbs
Twitched up, an explosive athlete that fires off the ball at a high rate. The first step and initial burst allow Hill to win with speed consistently. Once beating the guard with speed, Hill is able to flatten out his rush path by flipping his hips and getting his lead foot facing the quarterback. Plays with an extremely high motor when rushing the quarterback, chasing down running plays from the backside, and chasing down ball carriers in the open field. Lived in the backfield at UCF despite the low production numbers. Active and powerful hands allow him to walk offensive lineman back with his bull rush but also counter with a push-pull. Upper body strength leaves offensive lineman guessing, which then results in poor weight distribution on initial pass sets. Blew up a ton of inside running plays by penetrating the pocket as the running back received the handoff. Squatty, thick build that allows him to play with natural leverage when getting upfield. Very athletic for a 308lb interior lineman. Showcased a push-pull, arm-over, and bull rush as his three top pass rush moves.
Often focused too much on getting up the field and less on maintaining and filling his gap. Gave up big plays in the running game due to the poor gap discipline. Inconsistent pad level leads to Hill getting turned and driven off the ball by a stronger offensive lineman. Lacks a true pass rush plan at times which will lead to a lack of consistency as a rusher. Struggled to find the football at times, which would have helped bring up his sack and tackles for loss totals over his career at UCF. Struggles to anchor and spends more time on the ground than you’d like to see with a player with his strength. Was by far the best defensive player for UCF in 2018, but didn’t start but one game. Work ethic and character have been put in question by former coaches and scouts around the league.
These are the splash plays you see with Hill that make you realize his ceiling is high. pic.twitter.com/K2fOJfDUVu
— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) April 3, 2019
In a day in age where teams are looking for their interior defensive lineman to live in the backfield, Trysten Hill is a perfect mold for that role. Hill is one of the more explosive defensive linemen in this years draft class holding the best vertical, best 20-yard shuttle, and second best broad-jump, and for 300lb + defensive lineman at the combine. Reminds me a lot of Maliek Collins when coming out of Nebraska, but athletic traits give Hill a higher ceiling as a pass rusher. Athleticism, upfield penetrating skills, and pass rush ability are never questioned with Hill, but his consistency as a run defender, pad level, lack of instincts, and character concerns may force him down the board a few rounds later than his tape would suggest.