Defensive tackle Jordan Hill says the Seahawks were very interested in him at the NFL Combine. Today, the club followed through on that interest when they took Hill with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
“It’s an emotional feeling,” Hill said in a conference call with reporters shortly after he heard his name called on national television at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. “I’ve been waiting for a phone call and I’m really excited it’s going to be Seattle.”
Hill played in 45 games for the Nittany Lions from 2009-12, totaling 171 tackles, 9.5 sacks, an interception, and two forced fumbles. He started 11 of 12 games his junior year and all 12 games his senior season.
“I’m a versatile player,” said Hill. “I’m a guy that can pass rush, but then also a guy that can stop the run. I’m a guy that plays with a high motor and I just love playing football.
“I just love to compete.”
Hill will do just that when he brings his relentless attitude and play style to the Seahawks in 2013 – a play style he says he models after fellow Penn State alums Jared Odrick, now a defensive end with the Miami Dolphins, and Devon Still, a defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals.
“It’s really everything to my game,” Hill said of that relentless play style. “Just the way I out-work the guy in front of me. How much work I put into it studying film and stuff like that.
“Whenever you work that hard at something you’re bound to succeed.”
Another notable Penn Stater, Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, was one of the first to welcome Hill to the club via Twitter: