DB Daxton Hill, Michigan*

6’0” – 192 lbs.

Background:

Started three of thirteen games played as a freshman, totaling 36 tackles, one interception, and three breakups. Stepped into the starting lineup the following year, finishing 2020 with 46 tackles, one interception, and four breakups over Michigan’s six games. Picked up 69 tackles, two interceptions, and nine breakups this past year before declaring.

Positives:

Has a solid trajectory, with two seasons of quality starting experience. Lined up all over the defense, playing down in the box, working from the slot, and playing in deeper zones; more of a nickel defender than a high safety on tape, being asked to play both man and zone regularly. Brings a physical temperament and high energy level. Very smooth, fluid athlete with good speed; flips hips well and is fast enough to carry opposing receivers down the field. Matches releases well at the line. Willing to get physical with opposing slot receivers, using his hands well to cover through the route. Gets low in his backpedal and has clean transitions to driving on a spot from off-coverage, with above-average burst. Can serve as an enforcer from zone, with well-timed hits to dislodge throws and set the tone defensively. On-ball production was good, with soft hands. Good extension and contact balance when taking on blocks in the run game. Nice timing and closing as a blitzer. Has the athleticism, temperament, and experience to play on special teams.

Negatives:

Frame is on the thin side for teams considering him as a box safety. Might be a little bit aggressive for some teams, negating some of his athleticism by committing too soon/being lured away by misdirection. Could do a better job slipping blocks instead of taking them on. Can get a little bit caught up in traffic when working in man. Can be late to get his head around and locate the ball when targeted down the field. Didn’t take as many snaps as a traditional high safety, or from the box. Didn’t see him working against opposing tight ends during the games reviewed.

Summary:

Officially a safety, but was used more like a slot cornerback during the games reviewed, and that might be his best fit at the pro level as well, as he might be slightly too aggressive to be a team’s last line of defense and slightly too thin to hold up in the box. Has the quickness, speed, and toughness to play in the slot if he can locate more consistently, and the temperament for special-teams.

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