Kyle Hamilton is not the one first-round defensive again within the AFC North drawing rave evaluations.
The Bengals took security Dax Hill with the thirty first choose within the draft, and his fast grasp of the defensive scheme has impressed Head Coach Zac Taylor throughout OTAs. Hill’s versatility was one of many attributes that impressed Cincinnati throughout the draft course of, and he was an efficient roving defensive again at Michigan taking snaps at security, outdoors nook and slot nook.
He is the youthful brother of Ravens working again Justice Hill.
Cincinnati has two veteran safeties in Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell, however the Bengals positioned the franchise tag on Bates and his long-term future with the team is uncertain. With Bates not taking part in offseason actions, Hill is getting loads of reps and making the most of the chance.
“I’ve been really impressed with him,” Head Coach Zac Taylor stated by way of Geoff Hobson of crew’s web site. “I think the part that’s maybe the most impressive is I always see him having these sidebar conversations with some of those veterans whether it be Vonn or Mike (Hilton) or Chido (Awuzie) or some of those guys.”
It stays to be seen how Hill is deployed in Cincinnati’s protection as soon as the season begins. Hill (6-0, 192 kilos) is not almost as huge as Hamilton (6-foot-4, 220 kilos), however Hill additionally envisions himself as a flexible security/nook who can matchup with vast receivers or tight ends, whereas additionally being an element as a run defender.
“I don’t want to limit myself to one position,” Hill stated via James Rapien of si.com. “Whatever that is, the coaches will put me wherever that may be. Being a hybrid player throughout my entire career. I don’t really want to limit myself, because I know I can play other positions. I’m ready for the journey.”