Guy's been on my radar for several months now, mentioned in a couple of early mocks in late rounds as a long-term NT.
Sammie Lee Hill Is Getting Around
Posted by Mike Florio on March 25, 2009, 4:10 p.m.
Little-known Sammie Lee Hill, a defensive tackle from Stillman College, quietly is getting noticed as the draft approaches.
A league source tells us that Hill, who some think could be picked as high as round two, has scheduled visits with the Jets, Eagles, Buccaneers, Chargers, and Steelers.
He also has met with the Patriots, Rams, and Chiefs.
At 6?4? and 329 pounds, Hill has the size to play tackle in either the 4-3 or the 3-4 defensive alignments.
Right size for NT, didn't lift well (27; most NTs get ~35), but small school may account. In any event a raw prospect, too raw for R2 IMHO. At 6'37/8
" you wonder if he's a little lanky to play NT, but then again Hamp is squattier than most 3-4 NTs. Good thing: we're looking at NTs. Bad thing: so are others, 4-3 included. While R2 seems a pipe dream, a R3 high might be in the mix; NFLDS has SLH at R5/6 (172 overall), but for us it's likely R4 at the latest.
R4 may be a bad time, considering. We have a crucial nexus of talent at R3 and R4, since losing the comp. Guys we like (Shipley, Gardner, Carey) won't go as low as projected, and fit more to R3-5 at the very latest. Might mean we pull the R1 trigger on C now after all. If we really like SLH, something will have to budge in that config, IMO. Carey, at the outside, will be there R5, but seems less likely given interest of others. Ditto Gardner. Ship is R3/4.
Could mean Wood or Mack R1, or:
1. BPA. Gilbert, one of the CBs, WR, other?
2. Shipley or Caldwell.
5c. ... And so on.
R2-5 figure a round or two higher than NFLDS et al. project to get guys we like. Really feel like at least one of Ship, Gardner, and Carey will be in the mix draft day, at least.
As for Sammie Lee, what he lacks in anchor he makes up for in athleticism: mentioned as a possible 3-4 or 4-3 DE, too. A bit weighty, but worth noting. Might round that stream of consciousness mock out with Mike Wallace, WR/KR at the comp spot, a R6 DE prospect even if one taken R1, R7 (Mahan) see if any practice squad ILBs look worthwhile, and maybe throw an odd OL guy in the mix like Hacksaw's kin, Garrett Reynolds. Have to think that R6 onward is mostly PS anyway.
But thar you go, Steelers interested in SLH. Nice to see some congruence between my tentative jabs at picks and Steeler interest.