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Daxton Hill (brother of Ravens RB Justice Hill) is a versatile defensive back who has played a nickel safety role at Michigan with mixed middle field safety responsibilities. At one point in 2020, and before the 2021 college football season, Michigan considered moving him to the outside corner if other options did not develop. Hill reportedly has 4.3 speed, to go with his elite athleticism. Hill displays good range and instincts with excellent short-area speed.
As a pass defender overall, Dax Hill is a great athlete whose versatility allows him to move into a full-time or part-time nickel role. He can play deep safety and play a box safety role covering a TE if needed. He is good in both zone and man coverage but needs to improve his consistency in man to man where he can sometimes lose leverage vs. equally talented receivers. Regardless, he is a chess piece that adds versatility to your defense. He will likely benefit by paying in a similar style to Michigan's Mike Macdonald's NFL scheme he brought with him from the Ravens, featuring a lot of cover one and cover three concepts.
Dax Hill is an excellent run defender; he reads and reacts fast, showing his high football IQ. He is a willing and physical tackler for a 6-0, 192lb player. He can be too aggressive at times, losing leverage and angles on ball carriers, but its, not a significant liability.
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