Some NFL scouts are saying Taysom Hill is a sleeper quarterback, but it all comes down to him being healthy.
Former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill is a stud athlete, just look at his pro day numbers, but injuries have hampered his career in Provo and also for his potential future in the NFL. When Hill suffered yet another season-ending injury against Utah State in 2016 the odds seemed that Hill would put his shoulder pads behind him and move on from football.
However, Hill worked hard to make it to pro day and it caught the attention of a lot of people with numbers that would rival, and even beat, a lot of the quarterbacks who were invited to the NFL Combine.
Basically, do not count out Taysom Hill.
Hill is a different type of quarterback as he is very athletic and it showed through his career in Provo with how well he was able to take off and run the ball. That type of play from a quarterback is rare and that is why some think Hill might be better off playing a different position at the NFL level. Hill is such a competitor that he wants to give the NFL a shot, even if it is not at quarterback.
“I am open to it, but the plan right now is to go forward and play quarterback,” Hill said when he joined ESPN 960 on March 8. “If someone wants to take a chance on me to learn a new position and they’re willing to go through the learning curve with me and do that then I’d certain be willing to hear them out.”
At the combine, his agent said that teams are looking at him at other positions as well.
“They also can see that he brings other qualities and he could possibly be an H-back, a running back or a safety,” Flores told the Salt Lake Tribune. “He showed today that he adds value in a lot of places. You look at the numbers he put up today, and how well he threw the ball, that might convince a team it ought to take a shot with him.”
The Green Bay Packers are one team that flew out Hill to meet with him, and getting this type of invite clearly is an indication that a team is very interested.
With the draft now just a week away on April 27 the talk of sleeper and lesser known players are popping up, and Hill fits that category as he is not expected to be drafted. Hill is a name that caught the attention of scouts and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport who said that the former BYU quarterback could be of interest as a sleeper candidate, but there is one aspect that is the key in Hill getting a shot.
“Taysom Hill from BYU. He had an injury history, most people don’t really know him,” Rapoport said. “He’s one that several people have looked at his film and said, ‘You know what? This guy has a future in the NFL if he can just stay healthy.’ ”
You probably don't know his name.
But pro scouts do.
— NFL (@NFL) April 20, 2017
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