Draft Zone Spotlight: Will Hill, DT, University of Virginia
Will Hill is a big man who takes up a lot of space in the middle of the field, but has quite the motor. Hill is not just a big space eater; he can actually move pretty well and make plays. Hill was named captain this year by his teammates and coaches and took that role on head on. Hill was one of only 11 Cavaliers to start every game, and he finished out his senior year with 25 tackles, 1 sack and 4 tackles for loss. Hill is a big boy at 6’4, 280 pounds, and could transition well to a 3-4 Defensive End for some NFL team.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
15 to 20 teams recruited me and I just let God lead me to make my decision.
Has it always been your dream to be an NFL football player?
Yes it has always been my goal.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
I really didn’t have a favorite team per say but I liked the Rams offense when it was the greatest show on turf and the Tampa Bay Bucs defense.
At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?
When I break down myself I look at my technique (right alignment and right assignments). I look at offensive lines techniques as far as their stance, leans, eyes, and splits.
What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
Being named Captain this season along with best performance in spring practice.
Now that your college football eligibility is up what’s your next move?
I am currently preparing myself for my pro day (March 19) and then I will continue to work out until the NFL draft.
When did you really feel you had a good chance of making your dream come true?
During my junior season
What is your favorite food?
My Fiance’s beef and cheese empanadas
Do you have any pre game rituals?
No I don’t.
What would you tell NFL teams that are weary of taking a late round flyer on you?
I am a hard worker and dedicated to my craft. I am a leader in the locker room and a positive influence off the field.
Have you been invited to any all star games?
If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
The late great Reggie White
Who has had your back through the good and the bad as you’ve moved on balancing life as a student athlete?
My Family and God
What’s your plan if you go undrafted?
Continue to work hard until I earn a job with a NFL team.
Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
I’m not sure yet but nothing too extravagant
Finish this sentence for me, Come July 2013 I will be_________________?
In a NFL training camp.