The Dallas Cowboys were rumored to be connected to Central Florida DT Trysten Hill for a long time in the lead up to the 58th overall pick. When the selection finally came, they took the plunge. There’s a new 3-technique in town.
This is a pick that is going to have some fans divided, but Dallas being so passionate about it for so long means that they really loved him. Here’s a brief synopsis on Hill from our friends at Black and Gold Banneret, who know him best.
At one point, it was assumed that Hill would transfer from UCF after the Peach Bowl per an Instagram post he made saying it would be his last game as a Knight. Hill was part of Scott Frost’s first recruiting class and Frost leaving for Nebraska clearly made Hill contemplate leaving as well.
After deciding to stay in Orlando, off-the-field issues really hurt his playing time in 2018. Despite some dominating performances throughout the season, he technically only started one game. We’re not here to gossip but there definitely was behind the scenes issues between Hill and the new coaching staff in addition to some non-football related incidents.
Here are three reasons why you should get on board, too.
His ceiling hasn’t been reached yet
While Central Florida may boast a mythical national championship, they didn’t exactly use Hill properly during his time there. They tried to play him more at the 1-tech spot when he has the potential to really blow things up at the three.
UCF's misusage of Trysten Hill is one of the worst things I've seen while studying 2018 tape. Best player becomes a backup, THEN balls out in the conf. champ game and you STILL don't start him.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 11, 2019
Just amazing by Josh Heupel and Co.
Hill just turned 21 years old back in March, there is so much of his game that he hasn’t even discovered yet. With Rod Marinelli leading the way it’s fair to believe that the future is bright for him.
Dallas has been missing the answer inside their defensive line
The Cowboys have made it a habit of finding passable options in the middle of their defensive front for a few years now. We’ve seen Jason Hatcher, Henry Melton, Stephen Paea, Maliek Collins, and recently Antwaun Woods all flourish as members of the Mighty Orphans. It’s time to get somebody legitimate.
Given Hill’s potential if the Cowboys can get someone like that at the heart of their defense they’re going to be cooking with some serious gas. This move might also help establish Tyrone Crawford sticking on the outside on a more permanent basis, two birds with one stone are never a bad thing.
This was exactly who the Cowboys wanted
It cannot be said enough how much the Cowboys like the guys that they like. We literally just went through this exercise with Leighton Vander Esch, once they are set on a player it’s very difficult to shake them.
The Cowboys are a team that does a lot of homework on their prospects. They were enamored with Trysten Hill and if history is any indication that will serve them well in the future.