The Seahawks addressed one of their needs with the 87th pick in the third round and selected Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill. Hill is 6 feet 1 and 301 pounds.
The Seahawks return starting defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and added free-agent defensive tackle Tony McDaniel to replace Alan Branch. But the general thought entering the draft was that Seattle could use another defensive tackle to help bolster the depth at that spot.
Hill had career bests with 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss during his senior season.
Here is what CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler wrote about Hill:
Strengths: Good lateral agility with quick feet to sidestep blockers and knife through the offensive line. Flexible body type to make smooth movements and a quick first step when he correctly times up his get-off. Plays low with natural leverage. Ordinary upper body strength but active and strong hands and wrists.
Keeps eyes elevated at the line of scrimmage to get his hands on passes (even snatched an interception against Virginia in 2012). Good raw power for his smaller frame and plays with a feisty temperament. Goes hard on every play and can be a pesky player to block with his nonstop motor and effort. Was spark plug of Penn State defensive line and rarely left the field. Plays smart. Rangy to make plays outside the numbers.
Weaknesses: Light in the pants and can be driven wherever the blockers want at times. Shorter stature with limited length and short arms, lacking ideal NFL measurables. Lacks elite upper-body strength to overwhelm offensive linemen. Needs to improve snap anticipation. Dangerous in space and in 1-on-1 situations but not as effective in a crowd, where he can get lost or pushed around. Missed some time in 2012 with a left knee sprain, playing rest of the season with a clunky brace.