Here are some notes on Hill's selection:
*Hill was the first Clemson player to be drafted in the first round
since Rod Gardner was taken in the first round with the #15 selection
by the Washington Redskins in the 2001 draft.
*Hill was actually the fourth Clemson player to be taken with the #15
draft choice of the first round in the last 14 years. Wayne Simmons
(Green Bay Packers, 1993), Anthony Simmons (Seattle Seahawks, 1998)
and Gardner (Washington Redskins, 2001) are the others to be taken at
the #15 slot since 1993.
*When Hill had his press conference to preview the NFL draft in
Clemson last Tuesday, he came to the meeting at the McFadden
Auditorium on the Clemson campus wearing a St. Louis Cardinals
*Hill was the 15th pick of the draft, but the first cornerback taken.
*Hill was Clemson's 20th first round draft choice in history and is
the highest draft choice by a Clemson player since Gardner was the
#15 choice in 2001.
*Hill is the third Clemson cornerback in school history to be taken
in the first round. Donnell Woolford was the #11 selection of the
entire draft by the Chicago Bears in 1989 and Antwan Edwards was the
#25 selection of the entire draft by the Green Bay Packers in 1999.
The highest selection by a Clemson defensive back is the #10
selection in the 1983 draft by Terry Kinard, who was a free safety.
*Hill was the first cornerback taken in the first round by the Rams
since Todd Lyght was a first-round pick by the Rams out of Notre Dame
*Hill was the first Clemson player taken in the draft in any round by
the Rams since 1998 when Glen Rountree was a sixth round selection.
*Hill will have a strong chance to become the first former Tiger in
the Rams roster since the 2002 season when Dexter McCleon was a
starting cornerback for that franchise. McCleon was taken in the
second round, the 40th overall selection by the Rams in the 1997
draft. McCleon played six years with the Rams (1997-02) and was a
member of the team's Super Bowl Championship squad in 1999 and also
played in another Super Bowl with that club just two years later.
*Seven former Tigers have played with the Rams franchise over the
years dating to Don Chuy, an offensive lineman who played with the
club from 1963-68. Two of the seven have been cornerbacks (Dexter
Davis, 1993-95) and McCleon (1997-02). Other former Tigers to play
for the Rams include Lou Cordileone (1962), Steve Fuller (1983), Dale
Hatcher (1985-89, 1991) and Tony Horne (1998-00).
*Tye Hill is the second Tiger named Hill to be drafted by an NFL team
in the last two years. Leroy Hill was a third round selection of the
Seahawks, the 98th selection, in the 2005 draft. He started the
second half of the season and in the Super Bowl for the Seahawks this
year. Tye Hill and Leroy Hill were starters together on the Clemson
defense in 2003 and 2004, but they are not related.
*Clemson has now had 11 players drafted since Tommy Bowden became the
head coach prior to the 1999 season. Eight of the 11 have been
defensive players. Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson's starting
quarterback the last four years, is also expected to be selected in
the 2006 NFL draft. All 10 of the previous Tigers to be drafted
under Bowden have made an NFL roster and eight of the 10 have
appeared in an NFL game. Donnell Washington (Green Bay Packers) and
Airese Currie (Chicago Bears) have been on injured lists and have not
appeared in a game yet.
*Hill was one of 12 ACC players taken in the first round of the
draft, the most by one conference in draft history according to ESPN.
There were 15 ACC players taken in the first 37 picks, including 13
*No wonder no ACC team ranked in the top 50 in the nation in total
offense in 2005. Ten of the 12 ACC players who were chosen in the
first round were defensive players.
*Clemson should take pride in its performances this year against
Florida State and NC State. Clemson scored 35 points against
Florida State and its defense that had four first round draft choices
(only three played vs. the Tigers) in the 35-14 win over the
Seminoles this year. Clemson defeated NC State and its three first
round draft choices on defense in the Tigers 31-10 win in Raleigh
this year. It was the most points scored against Florida State and
NC State all season.
When he came to Clemson from Woodland High in Dorchester as a running back, Tye Hill had dreams of…