NEW YORK - After trading down in the first round,
the St. Louis Rams selected Clemson cornerback Tye Hill with
the 15th pick in Saturday's NFL draft.
The Rams originally had the 11th pick, but sent that to the
Denver Broncos for this pick and a third-round selection (68th
Only one NFC team allowed more touchdown passes than the Rams,
who last took a cornerback in the first round in 1991 when they
selected Todd Lyght.
Under new coach Scott Linehan and new defensive coordinator Jim
Haslett, the Rams have made numerous offseason defensive moves,
signing tackle La'Roi Glover, linebacker Will Witherspoon and
safety Corey Chavous.
The 5-9 1/2, 185-pound Hill finished third in the nation in pass
breakups last year with 21 and recorded 54 tackles and three
Hill's stock rose at the scouting combine when he ran the
40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds. Also has long arms and
outstanding leaping ability.
But Hill is undersized and could struggle against big receivers.
The Miami Dolphins have the next pick.