Lions Draft Massive, Small-School DT
Sammie Lee Hill (getty)
Sammie Lee Hill (getty)
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Posted Apr 26, 2009
Nate Caminata


The Lions spent their fourth-round pick (No. 115, acquired from NYJ) on Stillman College product Sammie Lee Hill, a 6-4, 329-pound defensive tackle.

Perhaps the screams for more defense penetrated the walls of Detroit's war room.

The Lions spent their fourth-round pick (No. 115, acquired from NYJ) on Stillman College product Sammie Lee Hill, a 6-4, 329-pound defensive tackle.

He is the first player from Stillman to ever be drafted into the National Football League.

Hill, who is compared by many analysts to former Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, actually played defensive end his senior year at Stillman. In that role, he tallied 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and broke-up seven pass attempts.

Still, he projects as a run-stuffing, defensive tackle in the NFL. But because of his small-school roots, many question whether or not his dominance can carry over to professional football, where his size isn't as domineering.

The Lions like Hill's muscular build, deceptive quickness, and overall speed. However, he should also be considered somewhat of a project.

Detroit needed help at defensive tackle entering the draft. Other than aging vets Grady Jackson and Chuck Darby, the team employs the inexperienced Landon Cohen and Andre Fluellen, rookies from a year ago.

Hill will help shore up the position, but can also be mentored by Jackson and Darby.

As it stands, the Lions have four remaining picks, split equally between the sixth (174, 192) and seventh (228, 255) rounds.


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