Having had several offensive linemen drafted since arriving at Georgia, Kirby Smart will look to have two more selected this weekend. We’ve already covered one lineman in Ben Cleveland, with the other UGA lineman being Trey Hill.
Had one solely looked at his tape from his sophomore season, Hill would be nailed on as a Day 2 draft pick. Starting all 14 games in 2019, Hill’s stock was rising, and he came into the 2020 season with the chance of vaulting into the first round.
However, as is the case across the board, 2020 didn’t go to plan for Hill. His performance fluctuated, and at times he seemed to be regressing. On multiple occasions, poor snaps killed any sort of momentum the struggling pre-Daniels UGA offense had gained, or even led to a turnover. To cap it off, he had to undergo season ending knee surgery that saw him miss the last three games.
Though he started at center his last two seasons at Georgia, Hill came into college as a guard and played there sparingly as a freshman. He projects as an interior lineman that can play either center or guard at the next level.
This type of versatility helps offset any draft stock decline Hill experienced due to his inconsistency and knee injury. And before anyone says, “He should have returned for his senior season”, Hill is still going to get drafted with an opportunity to play in the NFL, plus he earned his degree from UGA in just three years. Also, for me at least, I’ll never knock a guy for turning pro. Follow your dreams, kids, and go secure the bag for yourself and your family.
So where might we see Hill drafted? He could still be selected on Day 2 of the Draft, but it is more likely he will be taken somewhere in the first half of Day 3.
Good luck, Trey Hill, you are a Damn Good Dawg.