NEW YORK — In the months following the final game of his collegiate career, Jordan Hill made trips to Dallas, Carolina, Chicago and Atlanta.
In the end, Hill, from Steelton, Pa., didn’t end up in any of those cities where he interviewed for a potential NFL job. Now, the former Penn State defensive tackle will call the pacific northwest home as the Seattle Seahawks used the 87th overall pick to select Hill in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday.
Shortly after the news of his selection became known, NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay were singing Hill’s praises, specifically highlighting his performance in the season finale against Wisconsin. Then, Hill notched 12 tackles, three for losses and turned in two sacks playing on a leg he injured weeks earlier that required him to be carted off the field.
The ailment wasn’t enough to hold up his training. Hill reported to the Centre Daily Times that he was up to 302 pounds with 305 as his goal before minicamp starts. Hill will join former Penn State standout Michael Robinson in Seattle. Hill is the eighth Penn State player picked by Seattle in franchise history and the 31st Penn State player drafted since 2006. The Seahawks drafted former Nittany Lion wide receiver Deon Butler most recently in 2009.
Viewed as a run-stopping tackle, Hill will join a Seahawks defense that turned in some of the best performances in the league last season. The Seahawks ranked fourth in total defense and gave up just 103.1 rushing yards per game.
While Hill is off the board, a handful of his former teammates are still available. Linebackers Gerald Hodges, Michael Mauti and offensive lineman Matt Stankiewitch — all of which were invited to the NFL Combine in February — were all still on the board by press time.
Other notable draft-eligible Penn State players include quarterback Matt McGloin, cornerback Stephon Morris, running back Michael Zordich and offensive tackle Mike Farrell.