The Bills have really worked hard over the past few off-seasons to correct issues they have had in coverage. They have drafted four cornerbacks in the past two drafts alone and seem pretty set for the future. The addition of Cris Hill to this draft class is to provide even more depth and competition to slot based cover guys like Ron Brooks and Justin Rogers.
Hill was a guy who really came on during his senior year in Blacksburg. He was the main nickel cover corner for the Hokies showing off good speed and quickness in his ability to go one on one with the slot receiver. Hill did a good job matching up with and staying with some of the best slot WR’s in the country in the ACC. He gave them plenty of headaches with his athleticism and showed off good ball skills as well, knocking away seven passes last year.
The reason that Hill came on so much his senior year is that he was buried for the most part on a defense that is almost always loaded. The question with Hill was he buried because the Hokies DB’s are just that good (like Ron Brooks at LSU) or was he buried because he’s not at the same level of play? Hill is a slot only CB who doesn’t have the size or strength to play outside against the bigger WR’s. This kind of limitation is what makes it hard to foresee making this team.
Hill will need to do more than most in camp to try and make this team. He doesn’t offer a ton of upside but he does have lots of athleticism and speed. His coverage skills are good and in a NFL where we see more three and four WR sets than every before there is a far greater need for strong nickel and dime corners. However the Bills are already deep at CB with young and talented players, aside from the four they drafted over the last two years they still have Terrance McGee and Leodis McKelvin
Measurements: 5107, 178 lbs.
Testing: 1.58 10 Yd, 2.63 20 Yd, 4.46 40, 13 Reps, 37” Vertical, 10’01” Broad, 4.09 Shutle, 6.78 3 Cone
2011-34 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 7 PBU
Career-65 Tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 INT, 10 PBU