Since Jim Harbaugh and Don Brown came aboard the Michigan Wolverines have had 16 defenders drafted and that should continue as they bring in highly rated recruits on an annual basis. Much like Lavert Hill who was a 4 Star recruit that was courted by the Big 10 elite along with schools like Clemson, Texas and Tennessee. As Hill enters his senior season he’s looking to join the likes of Rashan Gary, Devin Bush, Taco Charlton and Jabrill Peppers and become a first round draft pick. In our Lavert Hill NFL Draft Summer Preview we take a look at what Hill does well, what concerns we have and what his NFL future may be.
What Lavert Hill Does Well
Entering his third year as a starter Hill has played mainly in press man coverage up on the line of scrimmage either looking to jam the receiver or shadow to turn and run with the receiver. Hill is a smooth mover who can change directions and accelerate without stumbling or much of a hitch. This allows him to be in a great position to make plays on the ball or be in the receivers hip pocket covering him up. When the ball is in the air he shows the body control to get himself in a position to be able to go up and make a play on the ball.
Playing almost exclusively in press man coverage it tends to cover up some of his athletic limitations. Hill isn’t a quick twitch athlete which prevents him from making sudden movements that would be needed in off coverage but can also be seen when he doesn’t really snap his hips from press coverage. Often times at the stem or while running down the field Hill will grab the receiver. Hill has shown to get beat downfield and him grabbing at the receivers could be his way of making sure that he can stick with the receiver. Strength tends to be an issue for Hill also as he can get pushed around by receivers while his jams are often inconsistent.
Playing in Don Brown’s complex defense will be beneficial for Hill as he transitions to the NFL but a variety of different concerns raises questions if he will be selected within the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft. When speed and quickness are an issue then that will cause teams to pass from taking him early in the draft. While things can change and Hill has his senior year to prove himself he looks like a Day 3 pick who is viewed as a backup cornerback with special teams ability.