Defensive tackle Jordan Hill became the first Penn State player to be selected in the 2013 NFL draft, going in the third round Friday night to the Seattle Seahawks.
The 6-foot-1, 303-pound Hill, of Steelton, Pa., was the 87th overall pick and the 25th choice in the third round. He had earned All-Big Ten honors in 2012 after a season that saw him make 64 tackles and record 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss.
“I’m a versatile player,” Hill said in a conference call with reporters. “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, who followed Penn State defensive tackles Jared Odrick (first round in 2010) and Devon Still (second round in 2012) as high picks in the draft, said the Seahawks were very interested in him at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Hill said he learned how to be a relentless player from Odrick and Still.
“It’s really everything to my game,” he said. “Just the way I outwork the guy in front of me, how much work I put into studying film and stuff like that. Whenever you work that hard at something you’re bound to be successful.”
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Hill would be in his defensive line rotation right away.
“He’s different from the guys we have,” he said. “He’s got real nice quickness. He’s a real good effort guy, very active. He is one the best guys in the draft creating space in the pass rush.”
Carroll said Hill had similarities in his style of play to Mike Patterson, whom he coached at Southern California and who later played for the Eagles.
“Mike was really active with quick feet and made a lot of plays with penetration into the backfield,” the coach said. “I’ve seen Jordan do the same kind of things.”
Hill will be joining former Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson, who now plays fullback for the Seahawks.
Hill is the 10th Penn State defensive lineman to be drafted by an NFL team since 2003, and the 31st Nittany Lion to be drafted since 2006.
The NFL draft concludes on Saturday, and two other Penn State players whose names might be called are linebacker Gerald Hodges and center Matt Stankiewitch.